'Don't be a Glasshole', Google urges Glass users
Published 19/02/2014 | 15:49
Google has published an etiquette guide for users of Google Glass, including a list of Dos and Don't when wearing the headset.
Expected to be released for wider consumer sale by the end of this year, Google Glass is currently only owned by around 10,000 individuals, whom Google has christened Glass Explorers.
The guide has been created to give those wearing Glass out and about a guide in how to use the device correctly, and how to react to inevitably curious bystanders.
Under the section entitled 'Don't be creepy or rude (aka a 'Glasshole')', Google advises wearers to "respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy.
"Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers."
The guide also suggests to ask permission before taking photographs or recording videos of others, to remember "you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you", and to "be patient and explain that Glass has a lot of the same features as a mobile phone (camera, maps, email, etc.).
"Also, develop your own etiquette. If you’re worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant with a question about Glass, just take it off and put it around the back of your neck or in your bag."
While the guide advised against wearing the device when "water skiing, bull riding or cage fighting", it failed to mention official protocol for wearing Glass while driving.
A woman was cleared by a Californian court last month for receiving a ticket for driving and wearing her Glass headset, as the Judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to suggest the device was being used at the time.
Current Glass owners paid $1,500 to be among the first to wear and test the device, and were given the opportunity to invite three friends to participate in the scheme last year.