Porn and six other things you can't do with Google Glass

Will a clampdown on Google Glass functions hurt its viability?

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A ban on facial recognition apps by Google has already faced criticism by developers. Software engineerHarry Yoon reacted to Google's ban on facial recognition on Google+ stating:

Aren't you creating a bad precedent by retroactively banning developers (after they have spent time and effort) from trying out what some might see as "innovative"? It'll become harder for us to try anything "new" or "innovative" if Google starts retroactively instituting "policies". I hope Google does the right thing by encouraging/rewarding innovations and not penalizing them in this exciting new technology/industry of wearable/Glass. 

For better or worse, here are seven things you can't do with Google Glass.


(SNL spoof of Google Glass porn. Credit NBC)

No Porn

Google updated its Google Glass Platform Developer Policies over the weekend stating: "We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material." In the crosshairs of the new policy is MiKandi that launched a pornographic app for Google Glass. The company now says it's making changes to the app.

No Facial Recognition

Google says it will not approve any facial-recognition apps until strong privacy controls are created to safeguard against abuse. Google announced its stance on facial recognition on May 31st in a blog post and also wrote in its Glass Policies: " Don't use the camera or microphone to cross-reference and immediately present personal information identifying anyone other than the user, including use cases such as facial recognition and voice print."

No gambling in Vegas or coffee in Seattle

Privacy concerns with people having such easy access to taking pictures and videos in both private and public places have created preemptive moves to ban Google Glass.

Caesar's Entertainment in Las Vegas announced that it would not allow people wearing Google Glasses to be in its casinos or at its shows.

Seattle coffee house called 5 Points Cafe gained notoriety posting on its Facebook page stating: " For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators."

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