Developers should be aware that they will not be permitted to sell or loan their devices.
Developers who are interested in purchasing Google Glass augmented reality glasses should make sure that this is exactly what they want because once the device is theirs, they are not permitted to resell, rent, transfer, loan or even give it as a gift.
The highly anticipated device is causing quite a stir with its rigid purchasing regulations.
The wearable augmented reality called Google Glass is said to have the very latest in AR technology. It uses voice recognition in order to receive its commands and display the appropriate data. Among the examples of the way that the eyewear device can be used includes navigation with every turn, snapping photos, and even language translation within real time, literally before the eyes of the wearer.
The first group of developers should be receiving their augmented reality glasses from Google this week.
These developers are the winners of the “If I had Glass” contest. They will be provided with the augmented reality glasses for initial use so that they can begin the development of the software for the Google Glass Explorer edition. That said, they are not being provided the devices for free. Gaining access to Google Glass comes with a price tag of $1,500.
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CNET reported that the first terms and services for the purchase, ownership and use of Google Glass was released last Tuesday. This came with the documentation for the application programming interface (API). The API is comparable to a toolbox that allows third party developers to create programs that are customized for a specific device or service: in this case, augmented reality glasses.
It appears that Google is making a concerted effort to maintain a tight hold on these state of the art augmented reality glasses. Those developers who purchase the initial wave of glasses – meant specifically for them – must be willing to abide by the terms of service laid out by the search engine giant, which say that “Unless otherwise authorized by Google, you may only purchase one Device, and you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your Device to any other person.”