Should This Hotel Be Giving Free Drinks to Google Glass Owners?
We thought it was cool that the ACME Hotel in Chicago was offering Google Glass as an amenity for guests to borrow during their stay but in San Francisco, the odds of guests already owning Google Glass are much higher. So the newly relaunched Stanford Court Hotel decided to offer a free drink to anyone who walks into the Aurea Lounge wearing Google Glass and subsequently uploads a photo to social media with the hashtag #stanfordcourt.
The new management at the hotel (you can read about the new hirings here) said they wanted to do this because, "of the recent string of negative press" against Google Glass. Hmm. So far this is the only tweet with the appropriate hashtag that we've seen. We can't tell if this person was wearing Google Glass or not. We think not.
Valleywag makes a good point that people who can afford $1,500 for a "face computer" probably don't need a free drink, no matter what sort of violent hating they've been subjected to. It would be much better if the hotel offered Google Glass as an amenity to borrow rather than pat someone on the back for being rich enough and well-connected enough to own a pair.
Fortunately, that's just what the hotel eventually intends to do. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the hotel has a few pairs of Google Glass and will incorporate them into a Google Glass package. Hopefully, it still includes a free drink at the bar.
[And FWIW, those CTRL ALT DEL pillows in the Stanford Court bar aren't exactly original. See here.]
[Photos: SF Chronicle and Wikipedia]