These San Francisco Bars Are Streaming Online Footage of You Getting Drunk
The East Bay Express had an excellent and eye-opening item this week about an iPhone app called BarSpace.
Courtesy of the East Bay Express
According to Express writer Ellen Cushing:
Founded by a handful of Sonoma County entrepreneurs, the app, BarSpace, and its related Website, BarSpace.tv, employ a simple concept: Install cameras in bars and nightclubs and then streams that video live through a free iPhone app, as well as through the company's Website. The cameras are installed and paid for by BarSpace; each bar decided the hours between which they'd like to transmit a video stream.
It's ostensibly designed so users can check out the scene at a bar while still at home. Your favorite dive is too crowded? Maybe there's an open table somewhere else. Still, we feel a little creeped out by the entire concept -- especially when we saw how many bars in San Francisco are already streaming live drunks.
Just a few of the nearly 50 watering holes that are participating in the BarSpace app include:
- Abbey Tavern
- The Ambassador
- Bar None
- The Boardroom
- Make Out Room
- Milk Bar
- The Republic
- Rockit Room
- Valley Tavern
The app developers claim the cameras are mainly placed at high, wide angles, which means individual faces are hard to pick out. Still the idea that some creeper could be watching streaming footage -- however grainy and indistinct -- of us dancing at the Make Out Room after a beer (or seven) gives us the serious heebie-jeebies.
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And that's just what we're looking when we're trying to relax and act stupid at a bar: decent atmosphere, a good jukebox, and cameras using Big Brotheresque tech to watch us booze.
Cheers to the future, guys. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go drink at home.
You can see a full list of all the bars streaming footage on the next page.