Google asks Internet eyewear fans not to be "Glassholes"

Feb 19, 2014
Google Glass has been designed to deliver helpful bursts of information conveniently to let wearers get back to doing things in the real world, according to the technology firm

Google gave early adopters of its Internet-connected eyewear a bit of advice: don't be "Glassholes."

It was the final suggestion in a recommended code of conduct posted online for software developers and others taking part in an Explorer program providing early access to Google Glass.

The California-based Internet titan appeared intent on avoiding the kinds of caustic run-ins that have seen some Glass wearers tossed from eateries, pubs or other establishments due to concerns over camera capabilities built into devices.

Don't be "creepy or rude (aka, a 'Glasshole')," Google said in a guide posted online on Tuesday for Explorer program members.

"Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don't get snappy."

Google suggest Glass wearers be polite and offer demonstrations to possibly win over the wary. Glass fans were advised it is proper to follow the same rules set down for smartphone use in businesses.

"If you're asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well," Google said.

"Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers."

Don't 'Glass-out'

In the wake of one early adopter claiming Glass gave him headaches, Google told users not to "Glass-out" by starring into the inset prism screen for long periods at a time.

Glass was designed to deliver helpful bursts of information conveniently to let wearers get back to doing things in the real world, according to the technology firm.

In this file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin is seen wearing Project Glass prototype glasses, during Allen & Company's Sun Valley Conference in Idaho, on July 12, 2011

"If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you're probably looking pretty weird to the people around you," Google said.

"So don't read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens."

Google also advised against wearing Glass while playing impact sports; or being foolish enough to think the eyewear won't draw attention.

The "do" list included venturing about, using voice commands, asking permission to take pictures, and employing screen locks to prevent use if Glass is lost or stolen.

Google last month unveiled a partnership with US vision insurer VSP to make prescription Glass and to reimburse some of the costs under health benefits.

That does not include the $1,500 price for Google Glass, which is in a test phase with a small number of "explorers" ahead of a wider release sometime this year.

Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video are may be shared through the Google Plus social network.

During the testing phase, developers are creating apps for the eyewear, which can range from getting weather reports to sharing videos to playing games.

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1 / 5 (1) Feb 19, 2014
Just add a blinking led to tell everyone when you're filming
1 / 5 (1) Feb 19, 2014
LOL, yes people are going to take pictures with Google Glass, that's one of the coolest things about it. I remember when I first got a camera phone, one of my favorite things was to pretend to text while I took pictures of women's nice butts, usually while waiting in line somewhere. The phone let me turn off the camera sound, but I think a lot of phones now do not let you turn off the camera sound. Sigh, it was fun while it lasted.

Bottom line is, taking pictures in a sneaky way is one of the main uses for tiny cameras, and this will continue to be true as long as men have testosterone!
1 / 5 (1) Feb 19, 2014
Yes its wrong, but that's what makes it fun. Does anyone have the "right" to not be photographed? I don't think they do........
5 / 5 (1) Feb 20, 2014
Why all the focus on Women can be lustful too. Do not get me wrong, I appreciate the look in my fiance's eye when her face lights up at the sight of me in a tight tee shirt. Point is WE are human and both capable of appreciating each other. I have NO doubt that both men AND women will be 'using' this appliance in new ways not originally thought of.
not rated yet Feb 20, 2014
Yes, there are laws for what you can do with someones image, but there are no laws saying you cannot take someones picture. What about security cameras? Are you saying they are illegal? How about Satellite photos?

The point is, you cannot stop someone from taking your picture.
5 / 5 (1) Feb 20, 2014
Yes its wrong, but that's what makes it fun. Does anyone have the "right" to not be photographed? I don't think they do........

It could be considered an invasion of privacy.
5 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2014
I think someone walking around with a camera pointed at people (who likely aren't interested in being if your facebook feed) is the definition of an asshole.

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