Whether it’s the future or not Google Glass is here and it appears like the search giant wants full control of its new tech. The company began shipping their wearable computer this week and released details about the device, when they also unveiled rules regarding what developers could and couldn’t do with the glasses.
One of their rules is that the developers won’t be allowed to resell or loan the $1,500 device without Google’s permission. Deactivation will be Google’s answer to those developers who have plans to make some money with their devices. This is what the company has to say regarding ownership and use:
“You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty”.
And there are more rules that the developers must follow. Placing ads on the device is prohibited and charging users to download apps for the eyewear is also not allowed. Google’s current terms of service are specifically meant for the Explorer program. The company may or may not bring these restrictions on the final product available to consumers.[Source]