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We asked Explorers to think about the situations and conversations that come up when they’re wearing Glass. Based on that discussion, we’ve compiled this list of tips by Explorers, for Explorers. It’s a work in progress, just like Glass itself. Thanks to all of our Explorers for contributing – let’s keep the conversation going as Glass and the social norms around its use both continue to evolve.
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When is actually being released???? 
 
Nice little guide, if a little obvious. One thing I would say is "all walks of life" is slightly disingenuous, it's currently all walks of life in the US with > $1500 disposable income, which is a slightly smaller set. 
 
I really wish I could take Glass scuba diving. Or or jackhammering. Or boxing.
Sam IT
 
Google tells us how they think Glass should be used, they're telling us their vision!
 
+Renaud Lepage It's OK, you can keep us on our toes ;) But asking won't make it happen any faster, we're already going as fast as we can.

+Sam IT Everything on that page comes from conversations between Explorers. We put some of the big themes on that page to raise awareness of those discussions. Please keep the feedback coming!
 
+Google Glass I know and am mostly trolling; quite honestly, the only reason I don't have Glass yet is that I want to stay "legit" and I don't want to hamper the approval process by having a non-approved Elecrtric/Electronic apparatus in Canada.

I've just noticed that some FCC documents actually also list Industry Canada. Can I blame CSIS then?
 
+Julian Haeger the price will come down some, also I am sure there will be some subsidies in the future. Not everyone can own a Rolls Royce, but it won't stop them from making them.
 
I always ask for permission before capturing someone's photons.
 
I count 50 times being stopped because they want to learn what glass is. 
 
+Andres Reano
Yeah...i travel through airports and people talk to me a lot. Tons of questions about Glass. 
 
Great start +Google Glass! With as many presentations and interactions as I've had in the last 7 months, I've got my 'spiel' down to a science! Tailored specifically; from those who are technically inclined to the tech n00b and curiously nervous observer. It's been a lot of fun watching people go from skeptics to intrigued! :-)
 
Release glass already !!! 
 
+Jen Vargas I love this part of the community sharing and teaching people about glass.
 
I don't know a lot about Google Glass, but would love to try them. Does Google collect data with them in any way?
 
+Dominic Ling +Google Glass Let's be honest.  It's never going to see mainstream release.  By now, it's obvious that Google will only be selling Glass through invites.  This approach allows Google to gauge demand and only produce what's necessary.  In most parts of the world, Glass would be banned in many public places which limits its use to solitary use or use in the company of one's social groups.

I've always thought that the real goal of the Glass project was for Google to see how society will react and to see if social barriers to personal tech use in public can be eroded over time.
 
+Mosh Jahan I wholeheartedly disagree.  It would be a crime for Google to do that.  Glass has changed the way I live and work in a very positive way.  The change has not been subtle nor has it been profound.
The overwhelming majority of interactions I have with other people are positive, many are incredibly positive.  I can't count how many people have tried on my Glass.  I don't have a demo mode.  I just let them see my time line.  My timeline consists of mostly work with personal sprinkled in, but nothing too personal, so no big deal.  I think it gives people a real insight into the "data as you need it / when you need it" benefits of Glass.
I actually carry around a laminated card in my wallet with a warning sign in Spanish on one side and a bar code on the other to demo the translate and price check features available.  I'm surprised that about 2 in 10 people don't see very far beyond the idea of a camera mounted to your head... and still want it badly.  If that were all it was, I would have had absolutely no interest.  I'd just buy one of those life-stream devices.
 
+Dan Ujvari I'm sure many people would like to try Glass...out of curiosity.  Other than sharing your timeline, which you could do using a smartphone, what else do you actually use it for?  Can you give an example of a positive change to your life, like you mentioned.
 
+Mosh Jahan Certainly!  Glass has minimized the profound context switch I had to endure between living my life and data-mining my phone for messages/e-mails/content.  You see people every day with their heads buried in their phones.  With Glass, that's mostly a thing of the past.  Data arrives and can be responded to immediately... or ignored and put off if so desired.  
I also receive more content than I did before.  I have feeds from the WSJ and Umano sends me a couple of interesting articles three times a day.  They are read to me while I wait for something during my day.  Seems we are always waiting for something, right? 
I'm on twitter now.  Never was before.  Never had time to sift through that stuff.  But now, with it arriving real time, I note the content and appreciate the extra data.
Messaging is easier.  
Communication with associates with Glass has increased quite a bit.  It's great to have a conversation about something I (or they) are actually seeing.  I've even had the "schematic on a napkin" experience with a guy Barcelona.  Of course, I had to duplicate his drawing and make additions (and visa versa), but it went just about the same way as if we were sitting in a local Starbucks.   
When on vacation or in a place I want to know something about, I turn on "Field Trip" and get some information about the place as I walk around.  
When shopping, I have an app that can price check items by looking at bar codes (Crystal Shopper).  I'm an impulse buyer and knowing when a price is insane has saved me a bundle.
I would say it integrated my phone with my life more.  My smartphone has always been a useful tool for my professional as well as personal life, but Glass amplified it's value in both and, again, it minimized (if not nearly eliminated) that context switch necessary to use the darn thing.  I couldn't imagine using it without Glass.  
Oh yeah... and it takes pictures.  But they are only 5MP and wide angle, so you have to be uncomfortably right up on someone if you want a portrait shot. :-/  I like pics of people I know... and mostly them with me... so my phone and selfies are still the thing.
 
 
+Dan Ujvari sounds to me like all it has done is made the smartphone hands free. Are you sure using your phone was a real 'endurance'? I mean you'd have to be very dependent on your technology for that to be the case. I don't really see people so much with their heads in their smartphones, mostly people use them only when they need to, not often enough to justify a head mounted device. I wonder how much of the physical world around you that you are missing now. Do we really need our gadgets to be more integrated with our lives? 
 
+Mosh Jahan Wow.  I'ts impressive how much of my point you completely missed.  Did you feel your hair being blown back as it went by? ;-)   
My point is exactly the opposite of yours.  I'm a 54 year old engineer who never really like my phone because it kept "yanking my chain."  I preferred (yearned for) the days of pay phones and just not being available when we were in transit.  
I'd get some text messages and some e-mails.  I'd let two or three (sometimes three or four) of them pile up before I'd look.  Even if I chose to ignore them, I would still be "yanked from the moment."  The phone would have to come out of my pocket.  I'd have to read the darn things, then chose to ignore or respond. Because I didn't want to live for my phone and let a few pile up, it would take a little bit of time before I could put the darn phone back in my pocket.  Then, finally, I could "reconnect" with my environment and... What was I doing?... oh yeah... huh?... There goes my friggin' phone again!... one or more of the people I responded to just responded back. :-O
Now, with Glass, those interruptions are far less jarring.  Messages and e-mails are seen immediately and  can be responded to with a very minimum of distraction from my actual life. My head is always up.  The moments of my life, what's happening around me, take center stage... always.  No more profound context switch from living my life to dealing with that phone.  Far from missing the world around me, my connection to it is no longer interrupted.
Glass is a game changer.  You won't know a darn thing about what I'm talking until you have it yourself.  Then you'll slap yourself on the forehead and say "Holy cow!  Now I get it!" 
You'd have to fight me to take my Glass away.  Glass is what makes smart phones bearable at all!  But in not only makes them bearable.  I feel like a kid with the social and information aspects I've finally been comfortable to tie into that I've never been comfortable with before.
 
+Dan Ujvari I simply turn my device off to ignore communications :) I didn't miss your points, I understood what you saying. But it does sound like you prefer to be more digitally connected whereas I would like to be less dependent on them. Technology is wonderful, I'm a software engineer, I love what it brings, but the way it's productizing us is not so good. 
Brian S
 
I can't wait until these are mainstream. I'd love to use them to help do research with wild apes.
 
+Mosh Jahan  Being connected is a fact of my life, not a preference, for most business people.     
My issue with "the data stream" (what I like to call it) is it's poluluted with a whole lot of garbage... totally necessary communications and information.  I felt like I was drowning there for awhile.
Luckily technology is catching up and helping me manage my data stream... even gave me extra bandwidth to increase my time devoted to continuing education.  I'm very grateful to Glass for giving a big piece of my life back... for making my daily communications and necessary data feeds A LOT less intrusive.  I can answer messages and receive data during the day as easily as if I were buttoning my jacket.  Yeah, I have to walk around with this funky looking thing on my head, but it's not much of a problem.  It's actually fun as most people react very positively about it.  I've met so many wonderful people who I never would have met otherwise.  It's a wonderful social experience in it's own right.
Eventually, it will disappear into a normal looking pair of glasses... just as those old Motorola "brick" sized portable cell phones eventually shrank into the less-than-pocket-sized Startac phones.
My reality, along with countless others will consist of more data, not less.  Any tool, like Glass, that can help us better deal with that stream will be greatly appreciated and become widely accepted.
Again, there is no "preference" for most people.  The data stream is a fact of business life and most people see the value in it, but struggle with effective management of it. 
 
+Google Glass Where is a good place to submit some feedback? I'd prefer it not to be public and to allow some in-depth discussion, rather than quick, sharp and meaningless criticism. I would love to be constructive.
 
+Mosh Jahan very interesting point! I really hope you are wrong as I am dying for a commercial release as there is no way I can receive an invite/ spend that much. 
 
+Google Glass you guys really need to come out and say what's going on with glass. We have been waiting long enough!!!!
 
I do expect google glass will open to the public and the price may be a little down...
 
Is it safe for kids? I am thinking about buying my son one of these because I think Glass will dominate, but will it mess up my child's vision? I heard you need to be monocular to use Glass. 
 
+Kevin Walsh We're working on getting the new update out as soon as we can—stay tuned! 
 
+Don Takahashi Don't you think that privacy "horse" fled the barn years ago?  With all the cameras around... cell phones, life loggers, Go cameras, normal cameras, store cameras, traffic cameras... Glass is where you draw the line?! ;-)  Seriously?!  
As silly as this is, let's give it serious consideration for a minute.  Let's assume we have some creep that wants to secretly take your picture... because you are just too darn sexy and they can't control themselves. ;-)  What equipment do you think the creep would pick? A spy camera is a great choice.  They are tiny and several varieties are available in the internet at a good price.  A life logger is another great idea.  These are high res cameras the size of a large button that continually stream pics to the web.  They are not very expensive either.  Or how about a cell phone?  These have great cameras, good zoom, and one can snap pics and videos from all kinds of angles.  Even the unfortunate "up-skirt" angle.  They can make believe they are looking in another direction while still capturing you in all your glory. And the creep most likely already has one!!  
Or... if we follow your thinking... the creep will choose Glass, which has just a 5MP camera and a wide angle lens and no ability to zoom.  The creep would have to get right up to you to get a decent image of you.
 But to obtain Glass, they would need to get invited to a semi-exclusive group of early adopters, shell out close to two thousand dollars, don the device, get up close and personal to you (because of the wide angle lens), stare at you while not moving and simultaneously saying (loudly and clearly) "OK Glass, Take a picture!"  They could also reach up and press the shutter button or give you an extremely pronounced "wink". :-O
If we take an Ockham's Razor-esque approach to this question and consider the creep will most likely take the least complicated path to acquiring your precious picture, we must come to one conclusion:
It is unlikely your image is being targeted by Glass wearers. ;-)
 
+Don Takahashi Not much of a response to what I wrote.  I guess I won. ;-)
As for the list... I didn't like Google's post.  I thought it was unnecessary and it gave fuel to fire that only exists in cyberspace.  In the real world I never encounter negativism about Glass.  Reactions are overwhelmingly positive.  People are really excited about the future when they see it.
The truth is there are rude people everywhere. They are evenly distributed throughout our population and no posted list of do's and don'ts will ever change their behavior.   
 
How on Earth did you understand that from what I wrote?  There is nothing that makes a creep more acceptable... nothing.  
Creep = Unacceptable.   

What I was saying is there are creeps everywhere and having Glass (or not having Glass) has nothing to do with being a creep.

Your concern seems to be your privacy.  You fear Glass wearers because you think we're taking your picture.  Of course we are not.  We value our battery life more than the images of total strangers... hate to break that to you. :-/

But let's say there is a Glass owning creep, hell bent on obtaining your image.  My point is there is a cornucopia of far superior choices to capture your image... much higher resolution, telephoto, from any angle, significantly less expensive than Glass.  Why, then, would anyone choose Glass to take covert pictures?  It makes absolutely no sense from an image quality or cost point of view.  This is the point you need to respond to.

And you really need to stop thinking of Glass as a camera on our heads. You miss the point of Glass. 
 
+Don Takahashi And strip out a lot of the utility of the device?  Just because some people are unduly paranoid?  
IMHO, the camera is good for both taking "landscape" photos of where I've been and in-app images that either aid, or are crucial to, the app itself. 
If I were in Times Square, the wide angle lens of Glass makes it ideal for capturing the gravity of the place. 
With Glass's camera I can read a foreign paper and get the gist of the article.  Of course the grammar and colloquial speech andphrases are still a problem, but if I see a headline or a short story, I can get through it.
The camera is also good on foreign signage.  I was recently in London and I could read everything! It was amazing!!!
(that was a joke) ;-)
Or how about reading bar codes to get nutritional value or price comparisons?
How about everything you use the camera on your phone for, other than pictures?  
Again, my point is your phone camera is much more of a threat to personal privacy than Glass ever will be. 
Let me repeat that, because you are completely failing to grasp or address that critical point. 
A simple everyday cell phone camera, which most people have these days will most likely have higher resolution, telephoto capabilities, longer battery life, and the newer ones have image stabilization.  They can be casually held in the hand and the user can make believe they are occupied doing something else... but actually filming you with laser precision.  From all angles. Even the most creepy... the up-skirt shot.  All the that is impossible with Glass.  
The idea crossed my mind briefly to create a picture of me trying to take an up-skirt photo of my wife with Glass, just to capture the hilarity of the concept, but my disdain for such behavior forbids it.
Nobody is going to use purchase Glass to do what the free phone in their pocket can do ten times better.  You keep ignoring this fatal flaw in your reasoning.
 
+Don Takahashi No way.  Someone can take a great picture of your face with a cell phone from 50 feet away, from behind cover.  With Glass, your features will be way too small and grainy for facial recognition at half that distance.  One would have to be pretty darn close to you with Glass to do what you suggest.  They would have to be noticeably near you, look straight at you, and either make obvious movements or speak obvious commands to take the picture/video.
A creep can be at the restaurant table next to you with their cell phone and get a fantastic video of both you and your companion, probably even record your conversation, and you'll NEVER know what happened.
You don't think someone can get your  image at face level, up close with a cell phone without you noticing?  You can't be more wrong.  All anyone has to do is run an app like Action Shot and make believe they are scratching their face or rubbing their nose with the hand that's holding their cell phone.  
Or how about making believe they are taking a selfie with the screen camera, but they are actually still using the rear facing camera to take a picture of you.
OMG!  I think I'd be such a good creep with a normal cell phone, I'm beginning to scare myself.  ;-)
Don't you think any of this through?  Just perform a thought experiment like I did.  Just imagine what you think a creep would want to do, then think of the easiest way to do it.  None of the ways you think of will be Glass.  They all point back to the cell phone already in your pocket.
You're stubbornly fixated on the idea that Glass is a good surveillance tool when, in fact, it's one of the worst. Don't you find it the least bit ironic that you fear covert operation from a device that requires the operator to be close to you and staring right at you?    
 
I have a code to purchase the new Glass model. If I purchase the pair currently on the market and a newer version comes out in future will I have a path to upgrade like the 1st gen owners had? Thanks
 
Call the telephone number listed on your invite and talk to someone in person.  I doubt their answer to this will appear in a public forum.
 
+Clint Swofford Sorry, but it's too soon to say. We did a one-time swap for our earliest Explorers to make sure they could use frames. 
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