If you have nothing better to do on a July 4 long weekend, you could try to get kicked out of a casino while wearing Google Glass.
Documentary film producer, PRserve founder, and Google Glass explorer Chris Barrett attempted to do exactly that, the same weekend he recorded probably the first arrest on Google Glass. Apparently, however, it’s a little more difficult to get kicked out of casinos, especially when they hardly know what Glass is or looks like.
“I made up my mind to tell the truth about Google Glass,” Barrett told me today. “I’ve seen all the Ocean’s 11 and card-counting movies where they take you into the back room and threaten to break your legs in the old-school casinos … I don’t think they do that any more, but I didn’t want to take any chances.
So he walked into three Atlantic City casinos, with Google Glass, aware that the state gambling authority had banned it last month.
“I figured as soon as we walked in, security would jump on us and kick us out,” Barrett told me. “When that didn’t happen, we went to a machine, played the slots, walked in and out of the table games, made eye contact with the pit bosses, and no one said anything. I was kind of in shock.”
After losing about $40 at the first two casinos — don’t wear Google Glass when gambling; it’s bad luck, Barrett says — he went to the roulette table in a third casino. Finally, the dealer asked him what he was wearing. Upon hearing that he was wearing Google Glass, she asked him to take them off.
The reason is pretty simple, of course, as Barrett realizes.
“Casinos are going to take table games much more seriously,” he told me. “You could count cards, get playing information from others … that’s why Google Glass was banned for casinos.”
The biggest shock for Barrett: The pit bosses and dealers didn’t recognize the device and kick him out immediately. Mostly, that seems to be due to the fact that even if they’ve heard of it and know that there is a new regulation about it, they have not seen the actual device yet.
“As far as I could tell, the standard protocol is to ask you to take it off,” Barrett says. “If you refuse, they can kick you out.”