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Google offers some valuable tips to Google Glass users in the Explorer program

Google is out to make its Glass smart glasses the next big thing in wearable tech, but recognizes that the "Glassholes" -- users who are rude, creepy, invasive or smug with their Glass device -- could ruin the future for its high-tech specs. 

That's why Google has prepared a guide for those participating in the Glass Explorer program, where users apply for a pair of Glass, and if accepted by Google, pay a hefty fee of $1,500 to try them out ahead of everyone else. 

Google made the purpose of its guide clear: if those in the Glass Explorer program act like Glassholes now, people and businesses won't want to buy them or allow them in their establishments in the future. And that's a problem for Google. 

Here are a few of Google's list of do's for wearing Google Glass:
  • Explore the world around you. Glass puts you more in control of your technology and frees you to look up and engage with the world around you rather than look down and be distracted from it. Have a hangout with your friends, get walking directions to a fantastic new restaurant, or get an update on that delayed flight.
  • Take advantage of the Glass voice commands. Glass can free your hands up to do other things like golfing, cooking, or juggling flaming torches while balancing on a beach ball (but also see Don’ts #2). This is great for looking up how many ounces in a cup while you cook, or taking a one-of-a-kind photo from your unique perspective.
  • Ask for permission. Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends (see Don’ts #4). The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others.
Now, more importantly, some of the don'ts:
  • Glass-out. Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love. 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. So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens.
  • Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.
Google has good reason to worry about Glass users. Certain behavior while wearing Glass has caused a couple of issues in recent months, such as landing a California woman a ticket for wearing the glasses while driving. She later managed to beat the ticket.

Later, Seattle-based diner Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge released it's official policy on Google Glass via Facebook after a customer refused to stop using the device in the diner. The restaurant is concerned that Google Glass wearers will take photos or videos of other customers without consent. The customer was asked to leave, and Google Glass was banned from the restaurant.  

Despite these hiccups, Google can rest easy knowing that adoption of the device is still taking off in certain areas. Earlier this month, it was reported that the NYPD had acquired a batch of the smart glasses for patrol and investigative purposes. 

Virgin Atlantic is also using Google Glass for serving its upper class passengers at London Heathrow airport.

Source: Google





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