Google bans Glass from shareholder meeting

by: Nate SwannerJune 7, 2013

Google Glass banned

In an ironic twist, Google has decided to ban Glass from their annual shareholders meeting. Like so many bars and other establishments ahead of them, Google fears Glass may be a bit too invasive. If they were hoping to avoid controversy in Mountain View with regard to Glass, they failed.

To be fair, Google has also banned cell phones and other recording devices, so it’s not all about Glass. To further drive the point home, Google has made no claims that Glass doesn’t have the ability or functionality to be intrusive on privacy. Having recently banned facial recognition software from Glass, it’s clear that Google has perhaps failed to properly appreciate how pervasive the technology can be, or what developers have in mind when considering the device as a platform to program for.

It’s been a rough road travelled, and Glass isn’t even available to the public yet.

Like most things Glass related, this is a slippery slope. The device is presented as one that aims is to give timely updates and notifications, yet is banned for privacy concerns. Glass can do so much more than take pictures and video, but users have to be told how to act. Development is open, so long as it adheres to very repressive guidelines.

Banned before it even hits the streets, increasingly restrictive development guidelines, and now Glass has been locked out of a Google shareholder meeting. Google was right to disallow the use of Glass in their shareholder meeting, but public perception may not reflect that. It’s already not an every-man device, and the public suspicion continues. Hopefully, Google has a long-range design in mind for getting us interested in Glass, because many probably view it as a video taking device that can’t be used anywhere.

It’s been a rough road travelled, and Glass isn’t even available to the public yet. Development is the only way out of this hole, but Google keeps handing developers smaller shovels. Between those development guidelines, and public perception, it’s right to start asking where Google is going with this program.

  • RaptorOO7

    Gee Google do you think your own product is too intrusive, gee ya think. Before long you won’t be able to wear Google Glass anywhere. Why bother making it then.

  • IncCo

    “Google has also banned cell phones and other recording devices, so it’s not all about Glass” Says it all. Way to make a sensationalist article..

    • Piyush

      its AA , sometimes there article really blows our mind.

  • philnolan3d

    There’s no irony here at all. They banned all recording devices. Just like many companies would.

  • Matt Rickard

    Overly sensationalistic article indeed.

  • Raaj

    For all we know, defense agencies might be greatly interested in Glass’s ability to intrude privacy and would want it all for themselves. Nobody can ban the military and they probably offered Google loads of cash to keep Glass away from the masses, or at least till they figure out to release a dumbed down version!

    How’s that for a conspiracy theory! Hah!

  • David Jeffers

    Please don’t be another Nexus Q.. Please don’t be another Nexus Q..

    • Atlas

      It is.

      • David Jeffers

        Luckily it’s not another nexus Q! two years later and they’re still working on it!

  • Seth Forbus

    I’ll be owning a pair of Google Glass. My personal opinion? If people are so worried about being recorded, they should be careful what they are doing in public. They will be wonderful for people who blog their lives, those moments that you don’t have time to grab a camera for, and other things. Personally I want to use my pair for Google Maps while driving, taking photos while hiking, mountain biking, and other wonderful things. It might not make sense in huge cities, but here in Colorado it seems like a dream come true.

  • Fred

    They should have never put a camera and microphone in it. The first thing I’m going to do when I get one is tape them over…

    • William Worlde

      Good one! :-)))

  • William Worlde

    LMAO! You folks are just not getting it, are you?! “Do as I say, not as I do.” Re-interpreted, *not just for Google, but for many companies pushing products out there* (HEY, IN CANADA WE DON’T USE ASBESTOS, BUT IT’S OK FOR US TO SELL IT TO THE 3RD WORLD!!!)*, “Buy and use what I sell, but I sure as hell won’t!”

    Get it! Get it! Get it! Please.

    Sorry, I’d go back to protesting civil liberties in Turkey, but I’m faced with the really tough choice of buying a reduced Windows RT tablet now or waiting for the Haswell-based iteration. It’s SO tough! As a 1%-er, got to spend that money I don’t have! NOT LMAO!

  • Charlie

    So many silly Luddites around…
    Everyone is concerned about their privacy so much. Who dafuq cares about our boring everyday lives?! If you’re not being followed around by people with cameras why should you worry about ones with Glass?

  • DGroot

    So how about taking out the camera? Is the camera that fundamental? There should be maybe two versions. I rarely use the camera on my phone anyway, but i’d love to have “Glass UI” for notifications and browsing.

  • jay

    Fire Nate!

  • Chris Boots

    Looks like beards are banned as well.