Menu
A kindly reminder from Google: Don't be a Glasshole

A kindly reminder from Google: Don't be a Glasshole

Glass wearers should turn their devices off in places that ask people to turn off cellphones, the company said

Google Glass

Google Glass

What's the etiquette for using Google Glass in public? The answers aren't always obvious, so Google has provided some tips.

"Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don't get snappy," the company said in a list of do's and don't's published over the weekend. "Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way."

In other words, don't be rude or creepy -- also known as being a "Glasshole."

The headmounted computer system is still in its early days but it's starting to become more prominent, and its ability to let people surreptitiously record video and take photos has sparked questions about what's appropriate.

Some businesses have banned Glass. In other places, the question remains: Am I allowed to use Glass here?

If it's a place where cellphone cameras aren't allowed, then the same rules apply to Glass, Google said in its guidance, which is aimed at the early adopters in its Explorers program. So if you're asked to turn your phone off, you should turn Glass off too.

Breaking the rules or being rude "will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers," the company said.

Users also shouldn't stare into their Glass displays for long periods of time, Google said; the device was designed more for short bursts of interaction. And some common-sense advice: Don't wear Glass during high-impact sports.

"Water skiing, bull riding or cage fighting with Glass are probably not good ideas," Google said.

Google's tips don't address the issue of driving while wearing Glass. A woman in California was recently cleared by a court after being ticketed for wearing Glass at the wheel. The court commissioner said there was no evidence the device had actually been in use at the time.

Google has maintained Glass developer policies for some time now, but those policies, which address privacy and personal data collection, are aimed at those developing apps rather than end users.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesconsumer electronicsGoogleMobile OSessocial networkingmobilesocial mediainternetsearch engines

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments