SF Weekly has a great article about SceneTap, the now Austin-based company’s spread to the Bay Area. Writer Erin Sherber, in an article titled “San Francisco Bars to Install Creepy Facial Detection Cameras Inside Venues”, discusses the outfit’s entrance into the city.

It’s not coming without controversy. We penned a couple pieces when SceneTap moved from the mid-west to Austin. Excerpt “Why do we keep picturing Matt Damon hacking into SceneTap and going into kill mode in a mashup of Tron and the Bourne series with a little Enemy of the State thrown in for good measure.” the full piece is here http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/12/13/Orwellian-Cameras-Linked-To-Facial-Recognition-Software-At-Austin–Bar-Entries-Via-Scene-Tap

Two days after that article we authored a follow-up. Excerpt: “Facial recognition is a biometric form of identification wherein a face is scanned and compared to a database to determine who belongs to the image that is captured. Think Facebook and the new technology they’re currently trumpeting.” Full piece http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/12/15/Parsing-The-Difference-Between-Facial-Recognition-vs-DetectionCole-Harper-Brings-Scenetap-To-Austin

Both pieces went to the moon, as far as page views, so they definitely struck a nerve. Austin writer Alan Sudo has a great comment on article number 2. It’s worth your time.

The insidious spread of SceneTap is likely to remain unabated until people rear-up, horse-like, at the entrance of bars that have the technology in place. Since most folks are already piss drunk before they even walk into the SceneTap bedazzled drinkeries, it’s unlikely that will happen.

We’ll post a list of all Austin bars that offer this “feature” so you may make an informed decision about where you choose to spend your money.

Here’s a hotlink to Sherbert’s article. The comment section is the most notable part of the whole shebang.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/05/scenetap_facial_recognition.php

and the list we promised

1]Abel’s on the Lake

512-904-0570

3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

2]Beso Cantina

512-535-7162

307B W. 5th Street

3]Blind Pig Pub

512-472-0809

317 E. 6th St.

4]Cain & Abel’s

512-476-3201

2313 Rio Grande

5]Chuggin’ Monkey

512-476-5015

219 E. 6th St.

6]Dizzy Rooster

512-236-1667

306 E. 6th St.

7]Doc’s Motorworks

512-448-9181

1123 S. Congress Ave.

8]Geisha Room

512-322-5180

422 Congress Ave.

9]Haven

512-522-0409

409B Colorado St.

10]J Black’s

512-433-6954

710-B W. 6th Street

11]Key Bar

512-236-9389

617 W. 6th St.

12]Kingdom

512-653-2546

103 E. 5th St., Suite B

13] Lanai

512-479-6600

422 Congress Ave., Suite C

14]Logan’s on Sixth

512-236-0300

200 E. Sixth St.

15]Molotov Lounge

512-499-0600

719 West 6th Street

16]Shakespeare’s Pub

512-472-1666

314 E. 6th St.

17]Soho Lounge

512-472-1916

217 E. 6th Street

18]The 512 Bar

512-614-4299

408 E. 6th Street

19]The Dogwood

512-531-9062

715 West 6th Street

20]The Library Bar

512-236-0662

407 E. 6th St.

21]The Ranch

512-694-2469

710 A. West 6th St.

22]Trophy Club

512-465-2750

308 1/2 E. 6th Street

23]Warehouse Saloon

512-443-8799

509 E Ben White

please note that we skipped the Third Base sports bars scattered around Austin like leper colonies outfitted with tv sets, as we doubt anyone has ever actually set foot in one.

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