Will you be able to use Google Glass in casinos? The simple answer to that question at the moment is: no. Just now, the Google Glass computer wearable device is banned from pretty much all of the land-based casinos in America – and that’s the only place it’s in shops right now. Both Atlantic City and Las Vegas, pretty much the two central casino locations in America, have blanket banned it from their establishments – and it is also not permitted in any casino in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Connecticut, amongst other places. So how did it come to this?
The idea behind the Google Glass was for it to be an ultra-portable way to have computer (and internet) access from anywhere – as the device basically looks like a pair of glasses. Prior to release the specifications caused a stir amongst tech-heads, with the Android 4.0.4 operating system, OMAP dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. These are not quite on the level of some of the high-end smartphone and tablet specs, but Google Glass promised to be far less obtrusive and easier to use when on the move – and it is these qualities that caused concern for the likes of casino companies.
The fear is that the ability to take photographs and shoot video while wearing them would result in card game cheating – although it should be noted that they are not banned totally. Casino operators do know there will be a problem however. If somebody really wants to play mobile pokies and wear their “Glass”, they can simply play it on the Glass. You cannot wear them on the actual gaming floors, but many of these casinos have lots of other forms of entertainment, and you may be able to use them at these times. This means you can potentially use them to shoot video and photographs – and then share them online – while you are watching a show, just not when you are in the actual gambling areas. However it might be discretionary, as Google Glass is also banned from many cinemas, hospitals and restaurants in the US, in the belief that it could be a violation of others’ privacy.