As a technology PR agency we keep a keen eye on the latest gadgets and technologies that come to market and one of the latest that has had us all talking in the office is Google Glass. This wearable computer has us all intrigued about how it will be used and equally how to prevent its misuse, so it was with interest that we read that Google has issued an official guide for users.
The guide features a range of do’s and don’ts for the Glass Explorer community who are currently road testing it. The ‘do’s’ include: explore the world around you; take advantage of the Glass voice commands; and importantly to use the same protocol to record someone as you would if you were using a camera or mobile i.e. ask permission to do so.
The ‘don’ts’ include practical advice such as don’t expect to be ignored while wearing Google Glass and also not to wear them while partaking in physical exercise. The most interesting tip from Google however, is not to be creepy or rude (aka a ‘Glasshole’). Apparently, the term Glasshole has already made its way into the Urban Dictionary with this definition: ‘A person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, ignoring the outside world.’
The guide advises users to respect others and if they have any questions about Glass not to be snappy! It also says that users should be polite and explain what Glass does, perhaps offering a quick demo of the product. It also suggests that in places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules with apply to Glass.
Google is clearly keen to ensure that users of Glass use the technology appropriately and not break its list of rules. We haven’t encountered any ‘Glassholes’ yet at Skout, but readers of this blog will be the first to know when we do.