Google will deactivate Glass if early owners sell or loan the device
As anticipated, we’re beginning to see a number of Google Glass user videos hit the web as the very first prototypes are finding new homes. Naturally, the lure to sell the ultra-rare spectacles for a quick profit is no doubt there but think twice before doing so as the practice is against Google’s terms of service.
What’s more, Google doesn’t even allow owners to loan, transfer or give the device to any other person. The company’s TOS points out that they reserve the right to deactivate the device with neither the buyer nor the seller entitled to any sort of refund, product support or product warranty. Google will know if ownership transfers as the eyewear is registered under the buyer’s Google account.
The stipulations may sound a bit strict but you have to remember that most of the software we paid for and use on a daily basis isn’t actually ours: it’s rented.
Google, a company that generates 95 percent of their revenue from advertising, insists that developers creating Glassware may not serve or include any advertisements in their apps. Furthermore, developers aren’t allowed to charge others to download apps for Glass (at least, not at this stage in the game).
Google released the terms of service alongside information about the Mirror API earlier this week. That happened on the same day that Google revealed tech specifications on Glass. If you missed those, the headset includes a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 12GB of usable memory and a bone conduction transducer.