Google Glass enters a casino: Watch what happens (or doesn't)

Chris Barrett, the same intrepid Google Glass explorer who recently filmed an arrest with his device, decides to probe the sensitivities of Glass action in a casino. The results are instructive.

She wasn't happy. Chris Barrett/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I was waiting to hear about a large security guard grabbing our hero by the lapels and reading him his (lack of) rights.

I was twitching at the idea that he would be summoned to meet an Alec Baldwin-type character who would sever a fingertip or two, before speaking sweetly and wishing him a pleasant trip to a remote island.

And yet, when Chris Barrett contacted me to say that he had worn his Google Glass in three Atlantic City casinos, I was more disturbed by what didn't happen than what did.

Barrett, you might remember, is the man who recently witnessed an arrest on the Jersey Shore and filmed it with his new appendages .

This clearly gave him deep inner confidence -- and wonderful PR for his company that happens to be called PRServe.

That footage was quite innocuous. So this time, one might have hoped for more excitement.

And yet, he told me that no one arrested him and, worse, no Baldwin character appeared. Not even Billy.

Indeed, he went to two casinos before anyone said anything at all. In the third, the dealer at the roulette table asked what he was wearing. He explained and was asked to remove them.

However, he admitted to me: "I thought the dealer would get the pit boss and have someone make sure I didn't put them back on. We ended up walking to the casino lobby and took some photos in Glass in the casino before heading back to our cars."

Other than this one dealer, no one asked him what he was wearing.

Which might be cheery news for some, but desperately painful news for others.

Barrett's exploratory exploits are beginning to prove that even the rudimentary, taste-free design of the current prototype isn't bringing quite the attention that it might. At least, not in New Jersey.

But he did feel constrained from some of his usual behavior: "After the dealer asked me what I was wearing, once I started to bet, she asked me what Google Glass was. I explained to her how I explain it to everyone -- what it can currently do and what it could potentially do in the future. I usually offer to let the person try it on, but the casino wasn't the right place to give a Glass demo."

Perhaps this was a sensible decision. That might have started something of a show.

Barrett may have developed an ability to not attract too much attention. He insists he wasn't behaving in some especially discreet manner.

He told me: "We walked by numerous security guards and I made eye contact with many people around the casino -- not one person, other than the roulette dealer asked me what I was wearing."

Next stop, NSA HQ?

 

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