Google has found itself in the position of having to reject some Google Glass Explore competition entries previously announced as winners.
Earlier this week, a triumphant announcement on the official Google Glass Google+ page proclaimed that the ‘If I had Glass' competition was
now closed to entries, that 8000 people's suggestions had been chosen, and that lucky winners -- who will be the very first to pay $1500 for a headset -- were currently being notified via Twitter and Google+. However, Thursday, a rather less cheery post was added to the page claiming that a number of initial winners were now losers and that the company was in the process of re-contacting them with the bad news: "We set out to find a truly diverse group of Explorers, and that's certainly what we've gotten. We need honest feedback from people who are not only enthralled and excited by Glass, but also people who are skeptical and critical of it. That said, it's become clear that a few applications that don't comply with our terms have slipped through the cracks, and we're going to have to disqualify applications like these. As for the rest of you, please keep that feedback coming -- it's all in the Explorer program spirit!" reads the unsigned post.
The winning entries were not chosen by Google and were instead selected by an independent panel with no affiliation to either the search giant or its marketing partner for the project.
While the jury is still out regarding the usefulness of the Google Glass headset and its impact on the current definition of privacy, some of the tweeted entries for the competition did offer some interesting potential uses. Among the highlights were remote visual instruction for surgery, a tool for allowing teachers to access their notes while in the classroom without having to turn their backs on their students and as an aid for identifying objects in the night sky.