Google Glass and Other Wearables Now Completely Banned in Movie Theaters

The MPAA and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) have officially banned Google Glass and other wearables from being used in movie theaters. 

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Google Glass has been banned in some movie theaters for a while. The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain banned the device back in June and a lot of UK cinemas banned the device when Google announced that they were expanding the Explorer program to the UK. Sadly, it seems that Google Glass is now banned in almost all US movie theaters.

On Wednesday, the National Association of Theater Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America updated their anti-theft policy to state that all wearable devices must be turned off and put away by the time a movie starts. Also, it seems no exception is being made for those who have prescription lenses attached to Google Glass. So, everyone has to put their wearables away.

“As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time. Individuals who fail or refuse to put the recording devices away may be asked to leave,”

With movie piracy being so high, we can all kind of understand why movie theaters and movie makers want to keep Google Glass and other wearables out of the theater. At the same time, anyone who has played with a pair of smart glasses knows that it would be a bad idea to try and record a movie with them. Most smart glasses don’t have a big enough battery or enough battery life to record an entire movie. Most microphones on wearables aren’t that great either.

This is definitely some bad news for wearable lovers, especially for the ones who wear smart glasses as their primary glasses. Hopefully, the National Association of Theater Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America will change their opinions and policies regarding wearables in the future, but I doubt they will.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this new policy? Does the updated policy make you angry or are you okay with this change? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below!

Source: MPAA.org