Late last night, we heard news of a man who was said to have been detained at the movies for wearing Google Glass. His telling of the story was suspect, and wrought with things that simply didn’t make sense. Now we’ve learned the story has been confirmed by the movie theater the Glass wearer was at, adding more fuel to the Google Glass fire.
We’ll start with the story itself, which was originally posted on The Gadgeteer. In the post — which is actually an email relayed to the site — the Glass wearer and his wife were said to be detained by mysterious authorities an hour after their movie began. The officials in charge were said to question him about his Glass, and overtly accuse him of taping the movie.
The story itself raised eyebrows, but not for the right reasons. There were too many weird little nuances we couldn’t come to terms with, like the man being asked to follow an agent out of the theater, and the agents not adequately identifying themselves to him. They also interrogated his wife, who didn’t have Glass on. The entire story reads like some blackhat spy novel, leading us to question the details, as well as the story itself.
Business Insider reached out to the theater, who confirmed the man’s story. While they don’t go into the detail he did regarding the event, they do confirm their suspicion he was taping the film:
Movie theft is something we take very seriously, and our theater managers contact the Motion Picture Association of America anytime it's suspected that someone may be illegally recording content on screen. While we're huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theatre. At AMC Easton 30 last weekend, a guest was questioned for possible movie theft after he was identified wearing a recording device during a film. The presence of this recording device prompted an investigation by the MPAA, which was on site. The MPAA then contacted Homeland Security, which oversees movie theft. The investigation determined the guest was not recording content.
We must say, we’re impressed with how quickly authorities mobilized to thwart a would-be movie pirater. As tech enthusiasts, we’re sad the theater acted as they did in regard to Glass. There were seemingly several opportunities for them to detain the man prior to entering the theater and ask him to remove the Glass. He claims they were powered off, and that he had prescription lenses for them — making them necessary — but the AMC location could have also asked that he leave. The bottom line is that it didn’t need to go down in such a manner, but it did. Another sad day for Google Glass.