Google has forbidden the world's first Google Glass headset owners from selling or even sharing the device with others.
Forget trying to borrow your new best friend's Google Glass Explorer edition Google Glass headset. Google will remotely shut them down. According to the company's
terms and conditions, Explorer edition owners are not allowed to "resell, loan, transfer, or give [their] device to any other person. If [owners] resell, loan, transfer, or give [their] device to any other person without Google's authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither [the owner] nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty."
The company is taking an equally hard-line stance with developers. Apps being developed for the Glass platform cannot carry ads or come with fees and developers are strictly prohibited from harvesting, keeping or selling any data gathered from users.
The first pairs of the potentially revolutionary glasses started arriving this week and the internet is already awash with videos of those lucky enough to received them, excitedly unpacking them, driving while wearing them, and playing the viola with them.
The speed at which Google has managed to build and ship the initial run of headsets suggests that Google Glass could be a reality for the everyday consumer, albeit one with $1,500 to spare, before the end of the year.