It’s been quite some time since a piece of mobile technology has caused quite the same stir as that of Google Glass – despite the fact that its commercial release date could be well over a year away. It’s the kind of product that lit imaginations on fire from its very first mention, dividing critics right down the middle in terms of whether Google Glass represents an innovative and necessary step forward, or a frankly terrifying glimpse at the Big Brother society of the future.
Not that opinion matters of course – Google Glass is already here to stay and is currently being put through its paces by the select bunch of ‘Glass Explorers’ bestowed with the honor of doing so.
However, following a rather entertaining preemptive backlash against Google Glass which saw the technology banned from various public buildings and soon to be made illegal behind the wheel, said Glass Explorers have taken the liberty of starting a list of unofficial rules to abide by while using the device – a touch of Google Glass etiquette, if you will.
The question is, will any number of rules preserve common decency, or will Google Glass simply take over and turn the public into a zombie-like mass of ignorant automatons?
”We’re going to have to work it out as a society, as we always do,” according to Explorer Noble Ackerson speaking with NBC News.
“When we first had cell phones, there were certain rules that we now take for granted. Like not answering a call during dinner or something like that. Or in a meeting you wouldn’t get up and start talking. We have that understanding with cell phones.”
Despite not having any direct connection with Google, Ackerson seems to have taken to spearheading the fight to break the stigma Google Glass is already accruing with his own range of “Glass Etiquette” card communicating common-sense dos and don’ts, including such gems as:
“Be smart, but be safe. If you see something suspicious or illegal you can capture it with Glass, but don’t put yourself in harm’s way in the process.”
“Do not record your spouse during spousal disputes. You will be single before long if you do.”
Personally, I can’t help but feel that if a person has to be told either of the above, they really shouldn’t be allowed Google Glass in the first place.
Technically speaking it would be much safer to keep Google Glass limited to a larger number of vetted explorers, or at least device some kind of basic competency and sanity test before allowing the masses to go wild with the thing.