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A Seattle dive bar has decided to ban the use of Google Glasses at its location. The bar, called 5 Point Cafe, says that the use of Google Glass in its bar would be a violation of its customers’ privacy. Dave Meinert, the owner of 5 Point Cafe, stated that “People want to go there and be not known… and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the internet.”
Google Glass does raise the issue of privacy, especially since anyone using the tech gadget could easily and secretly record video. Meinert says that the 5 Point cafe could be a kind of “seedy” and “notorious” place, but that isn’t too uncommon for a place like a dive bar. With the 5 Point Cafe being the first business (in Seattle) to ban Google Glasses, this may drive many other businesses to initiate a ban on the gadget as well.
Meinert admits that the ban was partly just a joke and was meant to instigate a reaction from people, but most of it is due to privacy. Meinert also recently updated the 5 Point Cafe’s Facebook page to say, “They[Google Glasses] are really just the new fashion accessory for the fanny pack & never removed Bluetooth headset wearing set.”
Privacy is always a concern, and there will most likely be more bans of Google Glass by certain businesses. Some businesses that come to mind include movie theaters, bars, and clubs. It will be interesting to see what kind of regulations will be put into place when Google Glass comes out, but at the same time, how many people will actually be willing to spend $ 1500 on a pair of tech glasses? How do you feel about Google Glass and privacy?
I remain quite jealous that my house can’t get access to the incredibly fast Google Fiber Internet service or the Google Fiber TV service. I understand living in a more rural area likely means I’ll never have access to impressive services like this. If you do happen to live in Kansas City and have access to Google Fiber TV and happen to be one of the few that has a 3-D TV in your home, the TV offering from Google now has two new 3-D channels to check out.
Google announced yesterday that its Fiber TV service has its first 3-D channels that include 3net and ESPN3D. The rollout of the 3-D channels began yesterday and subscribers can get 3net including with some existing packages on channel 338. The premium ESPN3D channel will require an additional subscription and another five dollars per month.
The cheapest TV package that gets access at no additional cost to 3net is the Gigabit + TV Plan. That plan costs $ 120 per month. Google says 3net has a lot of original 3-D programming such as shows on natural history, documentarians, action/adventure films, kids and family titles, concerts, scripted series, movies, and more.
ESPN3D is “the industry’s first 24/7 3-D sports network,” according to Google. There has to be at least one or two people living in Kansas City that have access to Google Fiber, subscribe to Google TV, and also have a 3-D TV to take advantage of these two channels. Actually, there may not be.
What if you could “street view” the human body, navigating its interactive components all the way down to a metabolic level? An international group of scientists is working on that right now with a map of the human metabolism, which they call Recon 2.
Metabolism plays a key role in many diseases, and while scientists have already managed to reconstruct several models of it, each “represents only a subset of our knowledge” with “only partially overlapping content,” the team writes in the journal Nature Biology.
“It’s like having the coordinates of all the cars in town, but no street map,” Bernhard Palsson, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and one of the authors of the paper, said in a statement. “Without this tool, we don’t know why people are moving the way they are.”
So they’ve been piecing together a high-quality reconstruction of the metabolism that is the most comprehensive to date, an upgrade from its predecessor, Recon 1. The idea is to eventually be able to browse the metabolic system as if using Google maps.
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When Google’s city guide app Field Trip launched on Android in September, the company promised a version for Apple’s iOS was “coming soon.” Evidently, that means “six months” at the Googleplex, because Field Trip finally landed on iOS on Thursday.
Before Google Glass got everyone excited, Recon instruments was putting a heads-up-display in alpine goggles. Judging from a teaser imag Recon sent us, it looks like the same technology will land on glasses soon