Things are not looking so rosy for Google Glass in the outside world as the device was recently banned by Comic-Con. Well, the glass isn't entirely banned, it's just banned wherever screenings are being shown. So far, we've heard no complaints from Google Glass users at the conference.
This is a big blow to all the geeks and techies attending Comic-Con. Who doesn't want to dress up as a Jedi while wearing this futuristic Glass on their faces. No doubt it would look bad-ass, but the conference is having none of it.
There is, however, a shimmer of hope. While Glass is not needed during screenings, users can indeed wear the device on the conference floor, where movie screenings and other secret footages are not being played.
"Remember recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited (see below: No Video or Audio Recording of Movie and TV Panels). This includes Google Glasses. You cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times," according to convention policies.
Though Glass is a promising technology, it has come across several hiccups in recent months, this being the latest. Earlier this month, Google Glass was banned by every cinema in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, in the United States, several states are considering a law to ban the use of Glass while driving. Google is attempting to make sure this doesn't happen, but we are not certain if lawmakers will give Glass the benefit of the doubt.
So far, only eight states are considering the regulation, and we expect this number to grow substantially as Glass becomes mainstream.
Chances are, Google might have a lot of work on its hands if wants Glass to be a successful product without ridicule and scorn. The device is currently being blocked in several restaurants across the United States. In addition, the device is also being banned in casinos, strip clubs (understandable), hospitals, concert arenas and banks.
At this rate, we wouldn't be surprised if Glass is banned from supermarkets and that parking lot down the street, along with public parks.