To quickly recap, Project Glass is the codename for the pair of hi-tech glasses Google first introduced in the spring of 2012. These glasses are reminiscent of smartphones or tablets in the sense of how they let you complete a variety of tasks commonly performed on such devices. For, instance, you can send text and email messages, listen to music and watch videos, pull up directions, use voice control, and more. Needless to say, the mere mentioning of such an exciting concept sparked up some interesting conversations amongst the internet community.
A Hush Situation
It would appear that getting them in the hands of developers means Google’s glasses are inching closer to the consumer market, but at this point, no one is quite sure how close. In fact, Google is very adamant about keeping them out of the hands of consumers — for now.
Google reportedly made developers sign a strict non-disclosure agreement specifically drafted to keep certain information about the glasses top secret. According to a report on ReadWrite.com, attendees are not allowed to share any information regarding Project Glass, be it interviews with the press, photos, or videos. In order to share details with members of the media or the public otherwise, developers must first get approval from Google.
Not taking any chances, Google has taken serious steps to make sure that the information stays in-house. Developers will be assigned to an account that stores all the content related to the glasses. This account will also be designated for the feedback and notes collected over the testing period. What’s interesting in all this is that Google will be using its location-based technology to track the device so it has intimate knowledge on the whereabouts at all times. According to the contract, any violation of the agreement carries the stiff penalty of being blacklisted by Google.
It’s kind of amusing, but also no surprise that Google is being aggressive in its mission to keep the juicy details on the hush. There’s a lot riding on this thing, so naturally the company only wants the public to have limited information while the project is still in its development stage. More than likely, developers will play nice and abide by the rules because they have a lot on the line as well. Getting in at the ground-level on what could be one of the biggest initiatives the tech world as seen in years would work wonders for individual careers.
Google continues laying down the law in its terms and conditions, which exist independently of the NDA. All developers at the Glass Foundry events will be allowed to play with the glasses and the really luck ones will even get to take a pair home for further testing. However, these users must follow more specific guidelines that are strict and sort of difficult to enforce.
For example, Google doesn’t want the glasses used outside of the United States. And get this — only the developer the glasses have been assigned to is permitted to use them. Other interesting guidelines warn against using the device while driving, engaging in sports, or using sharp objects.
Google has admittedly called Project Glass an experiment. Others, critics, haven’t been so kind, calling it a failure in the making among other things. With that said, the effort it has made to take the project from interesting concept to consumer product hints that it has big plans for the futuristic glasses. Getting the expertise of the developer community onboard is a smart move that could play a key role in a successful launch. While possessing capable hardware is vital, the fate of this initiative may very well hinge on the efficiency of the integrated software technology.
Is anyone out there pumped for Project Glass? Will you be one of the early adopters, or is this another gadget you end up passing on? Have your say in a comment. We recommend reading our post on how to view desktop version of twitter on mobile or tablet.