: I think the #glassexplorers
Terms of Sale for the 8,000 #ifihadglass
"winners" should differ from the Terms offered to the 2,000 developers who signed up at last year's Google I/O. Developers are used to such restrictive terms, and they are presumably a potentially profitable business who can easily afford the $1,500 entry fee without a need to resell the Explorer Edition device somewhere down the line.
But we 8,000 #ifihadglass
winners are private individuals from all walks of life, and are not (in general) software developers, as businesses were specifically excluded from this competition. And for some of us, ponying up $1,500 is a big sacrifice, something a well-paid policy-making executive of a high-tech company like Google may have a hard time comprehending.
The idea of forking out $1,500 for a product we don't fully own is as alien to many of us #glassexplorers
as the idea of buying Manhattan for a few trinkets was to the Indians who "sold" it.
In my case, I was selected as a Glass Explorer because I want to use Google Glass to help other disabled people like myself who have cognitive impairments due brain injuries to use Google Glass as a memory and attention prosthesis.
(Here is my winning entry: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103179452885721471914/posts/VTvQNTcCZLy
I am disabled and I live on a small fixed income. I will have to save for several months to afford the $1,500 plus airfare to the mainland from Hawai'i to pick them up - about $2,200 total.; I was hoping to sell them as a collectors' item after the commercial product comes out to recoup these monies, which I really cannot afford.
I would like to see Google change the Terms of Sale so that Google Glass Explorer Edition can be resold, gifted, loaned, or transferred once the commercial version of product comes to market. If not, I may not be able to afford to participate on my meager income. Not on my paltry disability pension. And I was planning to help so many others like me:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103179452885721471914/posts/VTvQNTcCZLy
"Brain damage from encephalitis forced this productive and creative systems engineer into early retirement. I've long imagined something like glass could effectively compensate for my memory and attention difficulties. #ifihadglass
I would adapt it to help me and countless others with cognitive differences live useful, happier, more purposeful lives."