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Google will deactivate Glass if early owners sell or loan the device

By Shawn Knight
Apr 18, 2013
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  1. As anticipated, we’re beginning to see a number of Google Glass user videos hit the web as the very first prototypes are finding new homes. Naturally, the lure to sell the ultra-rare spectacles for a quick profit is no doubt...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +684

    Pretty sure if google pulled a stunt like that in the UK it would be all over the news and the courts would get involved and Google would lose.

    I don't understand though, these things were expensive, how on earth can they get away saying the software was "leased"??
     
  3. And what will the do with the people who DRIVE wearing these things? If you thought people who drive and text were bad on the roads.....
     
  4. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Have no intention of getting one of these, but I can see some goobs walking around in Barns & Noble or at the mall with them on like they are the coolest lol. *****s.
     
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I'd be more interested if I could add my prescription lenses to them. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to see anything at all while wearing these.
     
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  6. Alvaro

    Alvaro TS Rookie Posts: 41   +8

    Your eyes will still be on the road and your hands on the wheel.
     
  7. Alvaro

    Alvaro TS Rookie Posts: 41   +8

    That would be great. I think they come with interchangeable lenses, so probably a company will start making prescription lenses for Glass.
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    A product that can be deactivated, no thank you.

    Is there anyone here that thinks, selling or loaning a product should render it useless?
     
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  9. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I'd agree, but think about the reason they have them. I'm sure when the full product comes out, you'll be able to resell it. Given that this is a beta test, and that those who buy the product from beta testers aren't locked into a contract that the beta testers are, Google wants the product to remain in the same hands it gave them to.
     
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    No, not at all, but I'd bet they've got a unique reason for it. Perhaps because Glass isn't finished yet they're worried about bad press. What if a decent hacker bought one and then published how easy it was to get into your google account through it. Or maybe some website buys one and takes it apart to find flaws or something.

    Even if Google does this for every brand new gadget they make it still won't affect many people. Most companies don't give early releases at all. Apple doesn't even tell us about a device until it's ready to sell.
     
  11. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    As soon as they can embed this into a pair of Oakley sunglasses...call me Adam Jensen, but I'm buyin' me a pair! :)
     
  12. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    How about a pair of regular glasses... think INSIDE... lol
     
  13. What's great about Google glasses is that when you're driving and reading a text or getting GPS directions, as soon as you get into an accident, ads will pop up telling you where to get insurance, a tow truck, auto repairs, etc.
     
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  14. What's great about Google glasses is that when you're driving and reading a text or getting GPS directions, as soon as you get into an accident, ads will pop up telling you where to get insurance, a tow truck, auto repairs, the nearest hospital...etc.
     
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    Hahaha, I can actually see this very clearly.

    They want you to know where to go in case of any issues you may encounter. The fact that you will not remember 6 months later is irrelevant.
     
  16. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    Don't get me wrong...that'd be nice as well, but the only time I would truly benefit from having visual augmentation is when I was out-and-about. For everything else I has me trusty ol' smartphone! :)
     
  17. All the distracted people checking their Facebook using Google glasses...oh the horror!!!
     
  18. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    Dont get me wrong... just keep using your trusty ol' smartphone then! lol :) I think for most people normal prescription glasses makes more sense. You can also get them so they tent. Yes. I own the Carbon Fiber Oakleys.... so, I agree with you there on the Oakleys. lol Their sunglasses are mostly bulky and horribly tacky in style, IMO. I guess some of them are alright...
     
  19. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

    I meant to say, Carbon Plate Rx glasses.
     
  20. What now? Should it be like our personal animal tag? Why do I feel like this is worse than one-user-only software?
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    Normally, I'd give that a resounding "NO, NEVER"!

    But, IMHO, the threat of having it summarily deactivated, should be "all part of the ripoff".

    If Google's "Children" are dumb enough to buy this crap, then Google, "as a parent", should have the discretion of taking it away from them..

    In child rearing parlance, this is known as a, "time out".....:p
     

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