So on my first week of being a Google glass explorer I learned a new word… the definition of “Glasshole” to be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). 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. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.
Google themselves has recognized this this situation and released an official etiquette guide for explorers. Which includes the Glasshole term under don’ts.
After finding this funny and wearing the glasses for a week, I can see why this term has come about. My first major public experience using Google glass was at Disney’s Epcot. I had no major weird looks, however I did have someone ask me about them, which I explained and had a group of kids whisper “Hes got Google Glass, that’s so cool” and proceeded to walk in front of me just to catch a glimpse.
As Glass, or any wearable tech becomes popular less and less of this will be experienced. As a new Google explorer I expected this and understand that right now people want to know about it and the experience and you must be ready to discuss it. If not wait until the beta program is over and let the public experience it main stream.
So, back to my first week! The fitting was easy, boot up was easy, setup was easy, installing 3rd party apps not so easy, battery life could use some work, and Iphone integration lacks SMS support. Other than that, the camera and video is up to par with most basic point and shoots, Approved apps work as expected, and finally I can see that wearable tech is the wave of the future. I can’t wait to see what the final glass technology turns into!