Even Comic-Con Has Banned Google Glass

It's a bad sign when your futuristic face computer is so universally hated that a conference full of Iron Man fanboys bans its presence.

The ban stemmed from concerns that Glass could enable wearers to surreptitiously record sessions. As Comic-Con's convention policies states:

Remember recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited. This includes Google Glasses. You cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times.

This is no doubt bummer news for the leagues of Google Glass Explorers in San Diego this weekend. Last year, Glass was a reported hit at the annual geek-fest, with one attendee writing in CNET that he experienced "outright fandom" while sporting a face computer at the conference.

As I walked through the expo hall or while waiting in line for sessions, it wasn't uncommon for me to see people do a double-take, then turn to someone and whisper something about "Google Glass." On several occasions, I got high-fives and congratulations from people who clearly would love them. On three different occasions, I actually had people run after me for a closer look.

Nothing like this had ever happened to me before, wearing Glass. But it's not surprising. It's almost like they'd come home, to an audience that would be naturally receptive to them.

When that "naturally receptive" audience is sending you home, what's left?

Screenshot: Boonsri Dickinson, via SFist