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Google Glass isn’t exactly mainstream yet, but enough people are out there rockin’ the latest technology that Google thought it a good time to put out a guide to Google Glass etiquette. Google asked their Explorers – the name they gave these early adopters – for life-tested advice on wearing their glasses, and here is what they had to say.
Look up. There’s no reason you can’t keep both hands free, hang out with friends and check the weather forecast all at once. You should also treat your Glass like your phone or tablet, locking your screen with a password, and showing the same consideration you’d use when on the phone or taking a picture.
Don’t wear them 24/7, ignoring everyone and everything. Yes, it’s the Internet, but try not to go down the rabbit hole of cute cat videos if you’re wearing your Glass at a family dinner. Take them off, especially if you’re, like, surfing or any other activity where you’d leave your phone or tablet behind.
Also, don’t get weirded out if strangers ask you a bunch of questions about Glass, or even ask to try it. It’s bound to happen. Most of all, don’t be a Glasshole. Google acknowledges that the public still has a lot to learn about their product. In the meantime, if you’re in a situation where you should turn of your phone or tablet, turn off your Glass. Otherwise, you’re that creepy person in the corner everyone blogs about the next day.
Google started their Explorer program in 2012 with 2,000 developers, and later added 8,000 other Explorers from all walks of life—like Alex Blaszczuk, in the video below. Check out all of their dos and don’ts. Think you’re ready to be an Explorer? You can volunteer here!