We’re all aware of the lengths that some of the world’s most scrupulous casino owners would once go to in ensuring that nobody cheated them out of cash – just watch a film like Casino if you need reminding – but the latest technological development to allegedly threaten their livelihoods has been outright banned before it’s even properly released.
Google Glass is a computer device worn as a pair of glasses which ostensibly allows users to conduct their internet usage while out and about, without the sometimes painful consequence of bumping into people and large objects.
But while early adopters of the device – most of whom have paid $1500 for the privilege – are raving about unlocking a new era of tech gadgetry, others fear the ramifications not only for business, but for the privacy of themselves and others.
That’s how worryingly good Google Glass is; wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a decent online connection, you can share information about your immediate surroundings with just a couple of voice commands. Take a picture and post it online – no matter who else is in the frame and whether or not they might object. Users can even film video without the usual blinking red light you’d find elsewhere. An online petition to the White House calling for the devices to be banned nationwide is currently gathering steam, while some companies have already outlawed their use on the premises.
Casinos are one such place of business which has moved to ban Google Glasses; as the Huffington Post reported, Caesar’s Palace has extended the ban on its customers. Their main concern is clearly that games played with skill such as poker can easily be manipulated by players wearing such smart devices; not only could they conceivably communicate with others who have an eye on players’ cards, but a quick Google search for “best poker hands” is also a reference guide which wouldn’t be allowed at the table of play. If you’re nervous about being spied on while you play, then the safe, secure services provided at websites like www.galacasino.com mean you can play without that worry.
With privacy concerns joining the ever-growing list of reasons why Google Glass will not be welcomed in many places of business – imagine how well it would go down if you happened to be live-streaming the film you’re watching in the cinema to a friend at home – there’s still a long way to go before this technology can be properly embraced.
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