Google’s Glass is still in beta, and as such, has only been offered to select individuals thus far. The Explorer Edition now has a more relaxed program allowing a broader range of interested parties to get involved, but selling the device on has hitherto been strictly prohibited. While the resale of Glass is still very much against the search company’s terms of service, Google will no longer be deactivating the wearable tech if users are caught doing so, something that has occurred up until now. So, in essence, it’s still an illegal act, but in this case, the police (being Google) will be turning a blind eye to those looking to sell Glass for potential profit.
With Glass being the most talked about new piece of tech for a number of years, it would seem strange that anybody would want to get rid of what is such a hard-to-source product. Then again, with those outside of the circle ready to put down significant amounts in order to get their hands on the Explorer Edition before it hits retail at some point early next year, it’s no wonder some have decided to throw their devices on eBay and such.
As for the technology itself, despite the coverage, there remains plenty of questions pertaining Glass. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, for example, suggests that Google will struggle to find a place in the consumer market for Glass, and although there does appear to be an idealistic view that we’ll all be wearing techified glasses and navigating our way around spaces from the POV perspective, it doesn’t seem like something that will begin happening next year.
Recent reports have also suggested that, in actual fact, Google is already working on the second-gen iteration of Glass, and that it will be this version, not the current Explorer Edition, that will make the launch in 2014.
Whatever the case may be, it does still feel like we have much to learn about Glass before we can buy into it, and despite its newness and perceived "cool" factor, it will – like the smartwatch – need to prove itself if it is to entice the smartphone-wielding masses.