The 2014 edition of Comic-Con opens its doors in San Diego on Thursday--but not so readily for everybody. If you're wearing your Google Glass to the sci-fi and fantasy industry trade show, Comic-Con organizers would prefer you turn your eyeballs elsewhere.
We were first alerted to Comic-Con's Glass-free stance thanks to this tweet from Fast Company's Harry McCracken:
And the convention's official policies page backs that up: Attendees can't wear Google Glass during panels or footage viewing sessions. The idea is to prevent Google Glass-wearing superfans from capturing footage of any sneak previews that movie and TV studios would prefer not be seen beyond the walls of the San Diego Convention Center. Even if you're wearing Google Glass combined with a frame that includes prescription lenses, Comic-Con organizers suggest that maybe you're going to want to bring along a different pair of glasses to wear during panels and other sessions. Wearing Glass on the main convention floor seems to be OK.
Clark Kent never had to suffer these indignities.
With the move to send Google Glass to the Phantom Zone, Comic-Con joins a growing list of places banning Google's futuristic-yet-dorky-looking wearable. Most recently, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which runs theaters in Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, and New York banned Glass; other theaters have done the same, with an eye toward preventing piracy.
Several bars, casinos, government agencies, and other types of businesses have also banned Glass to protect their patrons' privacy and safety. And Glass isn't even a shipping product yet. Once Glass becomes widely available and, potentially adopted by general users, many more businesses and venues are likely to put out the No Glass Allowed sign.
Because honestly, if you can't wear your Google Glass on the same show floor where a guy with a physique that could never meet Lantern Corps standards is allowed to squeeze his way into a Hal Jordan costume, then really, is there anywhere that Glass can be welcomed with open arms?