No one knows what was the real reason.
A Toronto professor, being described as a 'pioneer in wearable computing', was allegedly assaulted in a Paris McDonald's by workers who objected to his Google-style glasses.
Steve Mann, a professor at the University of Toronto, was allegedly assaulted in a Paris McDonald's by people who allegedly work for the restaurant.
The man -who some describe as a pioneer in wearable computing- was wearing his Eye Tap Digital Eye Glass, which are pretty similar to Google's Project Glass.
This device records video and streams it, with augmented data, directly onto his retina.
He said that -while in a McDonald's on the Champs-Elysees with his wife and children- someone who claimed to be a McDonald's employee asked him about the Digital Eye Glass he was wearing, and things got ugly from here:
Now, he was able to get pictures of the perpetrators, because of a "funny" thing about the glasses design:This employee was allegedly satisfied when Mann showed him documentation (a note from his doctor) about the contraption.
What followed, though, was an alleged Mann handling.
After sitting down with his family and his Ranch Wrap, Mann says that another McDonald's employee wrapped his hands around his head and tried to tear the Digital Eye Glass off.
"He angrily grabbed my eyeglass, and tried to pull it off my head. The eyeglass is permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools," wrote Mann.
He then says that this man took his documentation and crumpled up a letter from his doctor, while another man -- also an alleged McDonald's employee -- allegedly destroyed his other papers.
He then says he was pushed out on to the street.
McDonald's stated the following:The irony is that the only reason the camera on the invention stored the image of the perpetrators is because they broke it as they roughly shoved him out the door. Mr Mann says the EyeTap would not have otherwise kept the data on its hard drive.
On its Twitter feed, the company said: "Hi @STEVEPMP We take the claims very seriously, are in process of gathering info & ask for patience until all facts are known. Thank you."
Following an inquiry by the Huffington Post, the company declared: "We take the claims and feedback of our customers very seriously. We are in the process of gathering information about this situation and we ask for patience until all of the facts are known."
Mann said: "I just want my Glass fixed, and it would also be nice if McDonald's would see fit to support vision research."
No one knows what these McDonald's employees might have objected to...
Dr Mann's EyeTap Digital Eye Glass was first developed in 1999, about 13 years before Google introduced its vaunted Google Glass AR technology earlier this year.Even if they suspected that Mann was taking photographs or filming, this is what many people do. They are generally called tourists.
So what might these McDonald's employees have been trying to hide?
Might they have feared that Mann's contraption could see through to their trouser pockets, where they stash secret supplies of McDonald's infamous pink slime?
Might they ever have been paranoid that Mann's Eye Glass could see right through to their underwear, where he discovered they all wear company-issued red and yellow striped briefs?
Or might they have simply had childhoods in which they were petrified by the bad guys on "Star Trek"?
It looks like the general public is not yet ready for this kind of tech. What do you think?
NEWS SOURCE #1: Google-style-glasses led to attack in McDonalds professor says (via) CNET
NEWS SOURCE #2: EyeTap augmented reality pioneer Steve Mann assaulted Paris McDonalds employees (via) DailyMail
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