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Under the Google Glass terms of service for the Glass Explorer pre-public release program, it specifically states, "you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google's authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." Wired commented on this policy of a company claiming ownership of its product after it had been sold, saying: "Welcome to the New World, one in which companies are retaining control of their products even after consumers purchase them."[93] Others pointed out that Glass was not for public sale at all, but rather in private testing for selected developers, and that not allowing developers in a closed beta to sell to the public is not the same as banning consumers from reselling a publicly released device.[94]

The beginning

The Explorer Edition is available to testers and Google I/O developers in the United States for $1,500, starting in April 2013,[27] while a consumer version will be available in 2014 for "significantly less" than the Explorer Edition. On July 2, 2013, Google launched an informational press site for Glass, which stated that the company's goal

The product began testing in April 2012.[31] Sergey Brin wore a prototype of the Glass to an April 5, 2012, Foundation Fighting Blindness event in San Francisco.[32][33] In May 2012, Glass was demonstrated in the first test video shot with the eyewear, demonstrating the 720p HD first-person video recording capabilities of the device.[34] Sergey Brin demonstrated the Glass on The Gavin Newsom Show where California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom also wore the Glass.[35] On June 27, 2012, he also demonstrated the Glass at Google I/O where skydivers, abseilers, and mountain bikers wore the Glass and live streamed their point of view to a Google+ Hangout, which was also shown live at the Google I/O presentation.[36] In February 2013, Google released a demo video showcasing the voice-augmented display of the Glass filming various experiences in first-person.[37][38]


On June 21, 2013, the Spanish doctor Pedro Guillen, Chief of Trauma Service of Clínica CEMTRO of Madrid, also broadcast a surgery through the use of Google Glass. Thanks to the Spanish company Droiders, rights holder of this system in Spain, a chondrocyte implantation in the knee of a patient who was 49 years old, could be streamed worldwide over the internet, allowing another physician, Dr. Homero Rivas (Director of Innovative Surgery, School of Medicine, Stanford University, California), an expert in telemedicine, to participate in the surgery.

Sharma said Google Glass allows looking at an X-Ray or MRI without taking the eye off from the patient, and allows a doctor to communicate with a patient's family or friends during a procedure.

They demonstrated the manner in which the concept of Google Glass could assist a liver biopsy and fistulaplasty, and the pair stated that Google Glass has the potential to improve patient safety, operator comfort, and procedure efficiency in the field of interventional radiology.[103]


Lisa A. Goldstein, a freelance journalist who was born profoundly deaf, tested the product on behalf of people with disabilities and published a review on August 6, 2013. In her review, Goldstein states that Google Glass does not accommodate hearing aids and is not suitable for people who cannot understand speech. Goldstein also explained the limited options for customer support, as telephone contact was her only means of communication.[70]

Safety issues

Concerns have also been raised on operating motor vehicles while wearing the device.

Privacy issues

affect both privacy and secrecy by introducing a two-sided surveillance and sousveillance.[77]

Concerns have been raised by various sources regarding the intrusion of privacy, and the etiquette and ethics of using the device in public and recording people without their permission

Privacy advocates are concerned that people wearing such eyewear may be able to identify strangers in public using facial recognition, or surreptitiously record and broadcast private conversations

Several facilities have banned the use of Google Glass before its release to the general public, citing concerns over potential privacy-violating capabilities. Other facilities, such as Las Vegas casinos, banned Google Glass, citing their desire to comply with Nevada state law and common gaming regulations which ban the use of recording devices near gambling areas.



This isn’t possible today with Glass, whose display sits off to the side, above the right eye, and is the visual equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition television seen from eight feet away.

Smart glasses or smartglasses are a wearable computing device in the form of computerized eyeglasses.

The first Glass demo resembles a pair of normal eyeglasses where the lens is replaced by a head-up display.[21] Around August 2011, a Glass prototype weighed 8 pounds (3,600 g); the device is now lighter than the average pair of sunglasses

voice recognition, image-taking, and the search engine, camera, touch pad on the side of Google Glass, allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen.[51] Sliding backward shows current events, such as weather, and sliding forward shows past events, such as phone calls, photos, circle updates, etc. Producers and pricing

With Google Glass being released to key members of the public, as well as already being spotted in California, it’s only a matter of time before the general public has their hands on this exciting technology. There are competitors to the smart glasses throne, to be sure, such as the Vuzix M-100. With experience in the past with the United States military as designers of heads-up displays, Vuzix has put itself at the forefront of the smart glasses race with an expected release date for consumers of late 2013.

To activate Glass, wearers tilt their heads 30° upward (which can be altered for preference) or tap the touchpad, and say "O.K., Glass." Once Glass is activated, wearers can say an action, such as "Take a picture", "Record a video", "Hangout with [person/Google+ circle]", "Google 'What year was Wikipedia founded?'", "Give me directions to the Eiffel Tower", and "Send a message to John"[65] (many of these commands can be seen in a product video released in February 2013).[38] For search results that are read back to the user, the voice response is relayed using bone conduction through a transducer that sits beside the ear, thereby rendering the sound almost inaudible to other people.[66]


The smart glasses niche is advancing quickly and we expect the release of several great products in 2014. In the mean time, if you love being an early adopter and are chomping at the bit to adorn your face with some of this awesome new tech, here are our five favorite smart glasses as they exist today:


style has become an issue for an industry that has historically been poorly received for its fashion sense. While products like Apple’s iPod and iPhone have almost transformed gadgets to fashion statements, Google and other companies will need to take a step back and re-evaluate how they want their wearable computers of the future to appear. As a result, Google has been experimenting with both the size of the frames as well as the colors they can appear in. Currently, the tiny screen that accompanies their smart glasses looks much smaller from an observers point of view than it does to the individual user.

While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device.[1] The Explorer Edition cannot be used by people who wear prescription glasses, but Google has confirmed that Glass will eventually work with frames and lenses that match the wearer's prescription; the glasses will be modular and therefore possibly attachable to normal prescription glasses

People worry about self-conscious questions like how these products will make them look when they should really be more concerned with its implications for the future. Of course, there are those that look to the future, but meet it with trepidation instead of excitement. Just as the conspiracy theorists have worried for centuries that the government is controlling people through the water, some wonder what “big brother” type of future we are headed towards when everyone comes equipped with a standard computer attached to their face (or wrist).

The reality though, is that the future of technology like this isn’t one of automaton obediency. Just as the Internet brought global communication to a level never witnessed before in the history of mankind, so too can the future of technology when everyone has access to both the Internet and computers without having to even lift a finger to use it.




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