Google has released a long list of “do’s” and “don’t” Google Glass explorers should undertake to ensure that they do not become what Google refers to as “Glassholes,” but could much of their advice be sidestepped for the Icis competitor? The list encourages users to explore the world around them and to take advantage of the unique Glass voice command system. It also suggests that people ask for permission when using Glass, to be active member of the Glass community and to explore. In short, use it as a genuinely good person would.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Google Glass “don’ts” offer suggestions based both on safety and proper etiquette. For safety purposes, they recommend not using Glass to read War and Peace or in essence, long books in general. The intended usage of Glass is for short bursts of information and this type of usage would cause a strain on the eyes. Google also suggests to use common sense and not wear Glass for high-impact sports such as water skiing or bull riding because after all, it is an expensive piece of technology.
Finally, the tech giant says that wearing Google Glass will not guarantee privacy. In fact, most likely the opposite will occur. Nearby people will be curious about the technology and will likely want to ask questions. If privacy is the concern than it is better to just take Glass off and put it away.
And of course, perhaps the most famous advice Google offers is not to be a “Glasshole.” In other words, be polite and patient with people who are curious about Glass. The same rules that apply to cell phone cameras will apply to Glass, which means that standing in a corner and filming people would definitely be seen as “creepy.” If all of these rules and etiquette seem like a little too much to handle, then potential Google Glass explorers could sidestep their technology and choose to take a look at the Icis competitor.
While Glass is a highly distinguishable and recognizable piece of technology, the Icis smart glasses, which are founded by a company called Laforge Optical hardly look any different from a regular pair of specs. In fact, the demo set as seen on the company’s Indiegogo page looks so much like a regular pair of glasses that James Bond himself, might as well go out and wear them on one of his top-secret missions.
The Icis prescription smart glasses have currently reached $13,341 USD out of their $80,000 Indiegogo goal at the time of this posting, with 30 days left to reach the total amount. The specs are advertised as coming in a variety of different colors and it is said that they will support Android, iOS and Windows Phone operating system platforms. Although they are advertised as being completely wearable for anyone who has perfect vision or needs glasses or contact lenses, they will not be suitable for anyone who needs either bifocals or trifocals.
While it could be possible to sidestep the Glass etiquette set in place by Google by opting to use Icis instead, the rules have been suggested for a variety of good reasons. Regardless of whatever Glass platform the end-user decides to go with, there is no real way to sidestep having good manners and not being a “Glasshole” one way or another.
Opinion by Jonathan Holowka