The headline is correct; Google will deactivate the developer versions of the Google Glass Explorer Edition if someone attempt to sell or loan them. While the technology is being worn out in public, it is still in the development and testing phase so it’s a no-brainer why Google wouldn’t want these to be sold or handed out to just anyone. Wired first broke news of Google’s terms of service considering the Google Glass which hit Tuesday. It states:
“You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”
It gets no clearer than that. In addition, Google is also blocking developers from charging to download apps as well as putting in ads since Google makes a large chunk of its revenue from ads.
Google informed developers that the Glass were ready to be sent out and released some specs. As far as hardware goes, the can snag 5 megapixel images and 720p videos. It is comparable to a 25-inch HD screen at roughly eight feet away.
There will be 16GB flash storage—12GB of which is usable. This storage is synced with Google’s cloud storage. The headset itself will utilize Bluetooth and Wi-Fi at 802.11 B/G. The Google Glass is also compatible with any Bluetooth phone. The glassware comes with adjustable nosepads and is said to fit any face. It will also come with extra nosepads. The battery allows for one day of standard use, with video recording and such eating more power. As is expected, it comes with a micro USB cable and charger.
The main app mentioned so far is MyGlass which allows for GPS and SMS on Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) devices and higher.
A concrete release date and retail price hasn’t been announced for the Google Glass although the Explorers Edition—for developers—will be coming in at $1,500. There is already a bit of speculation about what the price range is looking like for consumers.
What do you think of the specs for the Google Glass? Where do you believe it will fall pricewise? Will it be readily affordable or only for those with cash to burn?