A San Francisco woman claims she was recently the first-ever victim of a Google Glass hate crime. The self-professed Glass evangelist and Social Media Consultant says she was out bar-hopping with friends one night when she was physically attacked by "Glass haters" at Molotov's, a popular bar in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
According to 34-year-old Sarah Slocum, via Los Angeles Times, she was showing someone how Glass works when two women began "rolling their eyes" and making obscene gestures. Feeling victimized by the criticism, Slocum responded by threatening to record their offensive behavior, and that's apparently the point where the trouble began. Not wanting to be recorded by Slocum's glasses, the two woman allegedly verbally and physically attacked Slocum, and even threw a bar rag at her. One reportedly shouted, "You are killing the city." Slocum admitted she has encountered negative reactions while wearing Glass before, but nothing to this extent.
Another bar patron, an unidentified male, then "ripped" the glasses of Slocum's face and "ran out of the bar." Slocum eventually managed to convince him to hand them over, but not before her purse and other personal belongings were swiped from the bar. I guess her friends couldn't be bothered to keep an eye on them.
On Slocum's Facebook page, she called the incident "special" and seemed to celebrate the fact that "no one has experienced a hate crime or been targeted for a hate crime, which is what it was, for wearing Google Glass." While San Francisco and the Bay Area at large are more tech-friendly, Molotov's has been described as one of the city's more "punk rock" bars.
While it's unfortunate Slocum was allegedly accosted, wearing Glass while at a bar is like going to Yankee stadium with a Red Sox jersey on. You're likely going to get attention. Slocum says the experience has made her love of Glass even deeper, defiantly telling LA Times that she never wants to be seen without them again. A brave tech martyr sacrificing for the betterment of Glass users everywhere.
There seems to only be one side of the story, so it's unclear if the events really unfolded the way Slocum says. If someone is rolling their eyes at you in a shady bar, it's probably not very wise to threaten to record them, with Glass or otherwise. Slocum said she realizes people are still weirded out by Glass, but said "it's really no different than the smartphones carry in their pockets."
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Your manicures will last for weeks when you choose the best gel nail polish
If you're looking for the best gel nail polish, you've come to the right place. Are you tired of manicures that chip after a couple of days? Gel nail polish lasts for weeks. Here are some of the best you can buy.