Since new technology both intimidates and intrigues people, the makers of Google Glass have come up with a list of do’s and don’ts for their new prototype. Before examining the etiquette of Google Glass, two terms require defining. The eyepiece that users wear like a pair of glasses is simply called “Glass.” Those who wear Glass are “Explorers.”
Google Glass is a great conversation starter. Complete strangers notice the Explorer wearing and tend to ask the same questions. Is that Glass? What does it do and what does it look like when you wear it? Here is an opportunity for the Explorer to demonstrate Google Glass’s features to the public. The prism on the right side of Glass resembles a 25 inch monitor seen from eight feet away. The display resolution is 640 x 360. Glass can take pictures, record videos, display directions, send and take texts messages, make phone calls, hangout with other users, and make Google inquires.
An Explorer should avoid using Glass while undergoing strenuous activities that could damage the device. Instead of looking down at a smart phone and becoming distracted, Explorers can look at the world around them and still manage remain focused. An important do from the Google etiquette list is demonstrating how Glass’s voice command feature that frees up both hands.
Try not to stare at the people when wearing Glass. The camera function is no different from that of a smart phone. Ask permission if wanting to take a picture or record video, because there is no LED light to indicate such activity is taking place. Just as with any other recording device, having the permission of the recorded is a must.
Let people know that like a smart phone, Glass can lock up and require a pass code to hinder others from using it. If stolen or lost, Glass can be turned off and returned to factory specifications from a remote device. As an Explorer, demonstrate Glass’s capabilities to people who inquire about it and report any prototype flaws or requests for enhancements to the Google support team.
Since Glass has recording features similar to a smart phone, do not use it where a smart phone should not be used such as a movie theater to pirate films. Glass is meant for quick interactions and its display should not be stared at for long periods of time. Avoid getting Glass wet since the product is not yet waterproof. Also avoid engaging in physical contact sports.
Google does not want their Explorers to be rude and has invented a term to describe such Explorers as being a “Glass-hole.” Glass garners attention. People want to know how it works and its capabilities. If the Explorer wishes privacy, remove Glass while in public. When confronted with someone interested in Glass’s features, be polite, explain its functions, and provide a demonstration. If in a public place and asked to turn Glass off, comply. Glass etiquette is simple and meant to create buzz about the product when improved versions are released to the public.
Opinion By Brian Yates