Google will deactivate Glasses if you loan them to friends

So you've got your early Explorer Edition Google Glass, but what happens when you get bored of them? Well, if you were thinking of selling them or handing them over to a friend, Google has made sure to stop you in your tracks.

In its lengthy terms of service, the company lays out rules against reselling or lending its new specs out without express permission:

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 authorisation, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorised person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.

As well as the terms of service, Google revealed documentation for the Mirror API via a Google+ post by programs engineer Jenny Murphy:

Today we're releasing the API documentation and a bunch of example code, so even though the API is in a limited developer preview, you can start dreaming with us.

The company also released the full technical specifications of the wearable tech, offering up a 640 x 360 head up display and clever audio transmission via a bone conduction transducer.

The camera, located just to the side of the display, will pack 5-megapixels and 720p video recording capability. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g will ensure you never miss a news story, social notification, or map direction. The glasses charge over microUSB, allowing for what Google describes as "one full day of typical use."

Source: CNETImage via Google

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Probably just a temp thing considering they are testing the device and not ready for the general public. Just going out to devs and Google doesnt want the devs selling them off and making a profit. There was one posting on ebay going for a crazy amount that got pulled.

I'm assuming this is only for the developer released units?
If so, that's understandable as they need to make sure the units are used by the intended recipients. Hopefully this doesn't make it across to the publicly available units when they're released.

Don't think so, sony removed linux from the PS3 and was only sued in america, you can be banned off xbox live and ps3 online and nothing has came of it ?

primexx said,
isn't this a limited beta?

Shhh.. Let the MS fanbois rage about evil Google. Makes em feel better and let's em get out all their energy before naptime.

seems horrible until you realize that this restriction seems to be only for the "Explorer Edition" which is really a developer early release. This is a sensationalized article to drive anger.

I'm pretty sure sony or nintendo or microsoft would be upset if someone sold an early dev box of one of their new consoles to someone who didn't go through the correct process of obtaining it.

This exactly. The Explorer Edition is only available for a select group of people, they don't want to have them popping up all over eBay. They'll never, ever do this for the real thing.

seta-san said,
seems horrible until you realize that this restriction seems to be only for the "Explorer Edition" which is really a developer early release. This is a sensationalized article to drive anger.

Thank you. I am glad a few people here actually get whats going on.

Whether anyone here "gets" what's going on or not, and I do, screw Google and everything they do!!

I hate them and I'm not afraid to admit it!!

They will defend it saying the service is customized and tailored to a specific person. However, the real motivation is that it's a perfect spying tool and lending/reselling the device would compromise the validity of the information gathered by Google.


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 authorisation, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorised person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.

Google, you could have saved yourself a lot of typing by just writing "Ha ha, go f**k yourself" in the terms of service.

And they would know I let my friend borrow them for the afternoon how? I am guessing by voice recognition, but still pretty extreme.

With that said, it is only a matter of time before that deactivation mechanism is bypassed.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
No 802.11n? Wth? I didn't think it could add that much space or cost.

Oh heck, no 802.11ac?...... common you know how much power N uses? this is a small device...

As soon as I saw the title, I was going to write that you should not say anything negative, otherwise there will be people crying that you and this site are horribly biased against non-Microsoft companies. Looks like I was late.

Complain about a rumored lockdown of the next Xbox, that is good because the "evil" Microsoft is trying to take away our rights. Google locks down glasses, and any dissent makes you are a hater that must shut up because you are too stupid to know what you are talking about.

I guess they won't be selling them in many countries then, where there are consumer laws to prevent abuse like this.

What ever happened to "don't be evil" google?. Seems to be a dim dark memory these days.

dvb2000 said,
I guess they won't be selling them in many countries then, where there are consumer laws to prevent abuse like this.

What ever happened to "don't be evil" google?. Seems to be a dim dark memory these days.

You're working on the assumption that they'll sell many of these at all. I think this will be yet another flop at the end of the day. It's very niche and I can even see laws coming into effect that don't allow you to use them in a number of places or situations.

Seahorsepip said,
It's only for dev versions to prevent dev versions ending up on ebay...

Exactly. Devs currently cannot charge for apps for the device or use ads either. I am betting the TOS will change after it is released to the general public.

SoylentG said,
Google locks down glasses, and any dissent makes you are a hater that must shut up because you are too stupid to know what you are talking about.

Open your eyes. There are the same amount of people who bitch about what Google, MS, Apple, and a few others do. Or did you miss the backlash pertaining to Google Reader?

People do not know what they are talking about. comments here prove that. This is for the dev version of glass (even op says Explorer Edition) and Google doesnt want this leaking to the general public. No different from what other companies have done. I am sure once this gets released to the general public, the TOS will change.

Edited by techbeck, Apr 18 2013, 12:32pm :

Torolol said,

I could envision that glasess would doing retina scan to verify its user.

Actually now that would be pretty cool. Not to lock you out of using it if you sell it, but to lock someone out of using it if they steal it.

dvb2000 said,
I guess they won't be selling them in many countries then, where there are consumer laws to prevent abuse like this.

What ever happened to "don't be evil" google?. Seems to be a dim dark memory these days.

The ignorance is off the charts today. Dev unit, dullard. They don't want them ending up scalped on eBay.

GP007 said,

You're working on the assumption that they'll sell many of these at all. I think this will be yet another flop at the end of the day. It's very niche and I can even see laws coming into effect that don't allow you to use them in a number of places or situations.

I think the intrigue aspect of the glasses will be enough to get it off the ground, but at the same time this silly loan-deactivation thing could be enough to also hinder it.