UK Cinemas Ban Google Glass in Theatres

Posted by at 12:17 pm on June 30, 2014


When Google Glass burst onto the scene last year, many people worried about how the ease with which users could record video and take photos. With Google Glass now available in the United Kingdom (the first expansion outside the United States), people in the UK are dealing with the same concerns, and it looks like UK cinemas will be the first to say ‘no’ to Google Glass users.

Less than a week after the device’s release, the Independent reports that the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association has said that users will be asked to remove their glasses in auditoriums whether the movie is playing or not. Representing 90 percent of UK cinema operators, including Cineworld, Odeon, Savoy, and Vue Cinemas, and the Independent reports that one movie-goer has already been asked to remove his headset inside a cinema in Leicester Square.

Google Glass launched in the United Kingdom last week and costs £1000 to buy. Google is still calling Glass a work in progress and has stressed that the device isn’t yet ready for the mass market. However, unlike the initial Explorer Program launch in the U.S., anyone in the UK over 18 can buy Glass

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