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Watch out, there's a man wearing Google Glass in your public restroom

Tech personality Robert Scoble boldly declares that he wears Google Glass in public restrooms. Is this a recipe for a brouhaha?

What if he was doing this in your public restroom?
Noah Zerkin/Twitter, with permission

It's becoming difficult to defend taste, decency, and style in a world that is rapidly being overtaken by those who believe technology is all.

I understand that many who believe they are ahead of their time are terribly excited about wearing their somewhat less than stylish Google Glass all over the planet.

I also understand that there are certain places -- bars and strip clubs, for example -- that have already expressed their desire to eject anyone wearing Google's famed, Internet-connected tools.

Not every eventuality has, however, been considered. Which is why I was grateful -- in a painful way -- to the resurrected ValleyWag for this morning noticing that famed tech personality Robert Scoble is boasting of wearing his Google Glass in the toilet.

Yes, the public restroom is, allegedly, a perfectly acceptable place to be wearing these glasses. At least to those who see Glass as the next coming of, well, progress -- the next stream of consciousness.

Monday, Scoble proudly tweeted: "Yes, I do wear Google Glass into public restrooms. So far no trouble. Would you? At NextWeb @andrewkeen and I will talk about that."

You might imagine that this was merely mischievous self-promotion. Yet it conjures images and scenarios that involve looks, stares, words -- and right-crosses to the jaw.

It would be unseemly, as well as unnecessary, to consider the myriad of possibilities that might ensue when a Google Glass-wearer saunters into your local public latrine.

Scoble, though, insists that his gadget would be off. For he also tweeted: "Hint: if anyone says "OK Glass" in a restroom I will take action myself. (That is how you command Glass)."

When ValleyWag's Sam Biddle wondered what sort of action Scoble might consider, other than, perhaps, to growl with menace, Scoble replied in the comments section: "Well, public shaming works quite well. I could turn on my Google Glass and record some dude trying to record me in the restroom. Other actions? I'd have a photo for legal action. I'll keep other potential actions to myself."

How very technological and slightly less practical.

Somehow, one feels that the appearance of Google Glass where men are standing unzipped, eyes glued to a dank, blank wall, might cause instant emotions to supercede rational discussion.

It would be the unexpurgated and unhinged version of "What you lookin' at?" With special emphasis on the "what."

I fancy that those in power ought already to be taking the baby step managed by certain legislators in West Virginia who have already considered banning Glassing while driving.

Somehow, preventing people from wearing Google Glass in places where basic needs are attended to might serve to prevent fisticuffs with pant cuffs around ankles.

Scoble currently seems to be taking suggestions for his bathroom predilections.

In another post to ValleyWag's comments, he offered: "A good idea that someone tweeted to me is to put them up on top of head like sunglasses indoors to avoid the pervy bathroom recording problem. Also, the Glass only records 10 seconds of video at a time unless you touch the glass. Also, anytime it's recording you'll see the projector on in the eyepiece. I imagine if someone is caught doing that in a bathroom there would be consequences."

I wonder how many would be moved to consider, on seeing someone wearing Google Glass in the toilet, the familiar sentence: "In case of emergency, break glass," and go right ahead and do it.

How pleasant. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET