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Google Glass Banned from New Jersey Casinos

| by Michael Allen
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Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Ohio casinos have banned customers from wearing Google Glass. Now, New Jersey has joined in on the ban.

“If these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron’s hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner,” wrote David Rebuck, the director of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, in a recent memo to casinos. “Even if the glasses had not been used for cheating ... their presence at a gaming table would lead to the perception that something untoward could be occurring, thereby undermining public confidence in the integrity of gaming."

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In response to the various bans of the high-tech gadget, Google told the New York Times in May: "We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues.”

According to the new rule, New Jersey casinos must ask anyone wearing Google Glass to remove them or leave, reported the Press of Atlantic City.

Caesars Palace and the MGM Resort in Las Vegas have ordered their security guards to ask patrons to remove the devices before beginning to gamble.

“Gaming regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, so guests can’t wear Google Glass while they’re gambling,” said Caesars Palace spokesman Gary Thompson. “The devices will also not be able to be used in showrooms.”

Sources: New York Times and Press of Atlantic City