Gambling with Google Glass

Gambling with Google Glass

29 Jul 2013 | 12:52 Author: Seth Shafer

Casinos were quick to ban Google Glass when it first came out but one adventurous Glass wearer got his gamble on anyway.

Chris Barrett already made Glass history by apparently witnessing and filming the first arrest ever on Google Glass while strolling the Atlantic City boardwalk and now he's making headlines for wearing Google Glass into several New Jersey casinos.

Google Glass is a portable video camera and display that is built into custom eyeglasses, letting users record video of what they see as well as interact with information on their display such as performing Web searches and uploading photos and video taken to YouTube and other sites.

Google Glass is more a display than a true computing device but casinos around the world were quick to ban its use when news of Goole Glass first came out. Casinos already ban cameras and video equipment on gambling floors out of fear that cheats could use the footage to gain an advantage at roulette, blackjack, and other games.

It's not quite as far-fetched a scenario as it might sounds; several successful roulette cheating rings used a hidden camera to relay footage of a spinning wheel to remote partners with access to high-powered computers, who could use the footage to narrow down the area of the roulette wheel that the ball would fall into.

Barrett said he expected to quickly be told that he couldn't wear his pair of Google Glass into any casino but quickly found out that security and casino staff didn't seem too concerned at all. He wandered around two casinos without any incidents whatsoever, with a roulette dealer at a third casino finally asking him what it was and telling him that he couldn't wear it at the tables.

Security or supervisors weren't even alerted at the one casino that did ask him to remove the device, suggesting that despite the ban it might be easier than you think to wear Google Glass while you gamble -- although it's likely not recommended as it's simply not a risk worth taking just for the thrill of getting away with it.

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