Google Glass won’t even launch until sometime next year, but the new connected eyewear is already being banned by a number of businesses across the United States. The latest news comes from The Associated Press, which reports that casinos around the country are banning gamblers from wearing Glass while on the casino floor for fear that Google’s wearable computer might make every man Rain Man. As such, Google Glass has been banned from all casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as well as various casinos across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut and Las Vegas.
“Even if the glasses had not been used for cheating … their presence at a gaming table would lead to the perception that something untoward could be occurring, thereby undermining public confidence in the integrity of gaming,” David Rebuck, chairman of The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, said in a directive issued to New Jersey casinos.
“Gaming regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, so guests can’t wear Google Glass while they’re gambling,” added Gary Thompson, a spokesman for Caesars casino in Las Vegas. “The devices will also not be able to be used in showrooms.”