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Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Google Glass haters' attack San Francisco woman

Model wears Google Glass
Model wears Google Glass

Sophie Curtis

A San Francisco woman has been attacked and robbed for wearing Google Glass in a local bar.

Technology writer Sarah Slocum was showing off the high-tech glasses in a bar called Molotovs in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on Friday night when two women confronted her and a man ripped the Google Glass off her face.

Slocum chased after the attacker, who eventually relinquished the Google Glass. However, another person stole her handbag and mobile phone during the pursuit.

"OMG so you’ll never believe this but... I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some w***er Google Glass haters," Slocum wrote on her Facebook page.

Slocum later revealed that she had captured the assailants faces using the Glass video feature. Police are now using this video to track down her attackers.

Although several witnesses told KPIX5 that Slocum was very friendly, some people inside the bar reportedly got upset about the possibility of being recorded by the glasses.

Brian Lester said he watched as a man insulted Slocum, then a man accompanying her retaliated with his fists.

“The crowd was jeering as any last call crowd would do with a fight outside of a bar,” Lester said. “She was running around very excited … and people were telling her, ‘you’re being an *** take those glasses off'.

"I think everybody was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behaviour going on. And just rather insulted that someone thinks it's okay to record them the entire time they're in public."

The news comes a week after Google issued an etiquette guide for users of its Google Glass headsets, urging them to be respectful and polite while wearing them.

The guide advises wearers to "respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy". It also suggests that users ask permission before taking photographs or recording videos of others.

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