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Google answers bizarre Glass questions

Wed, 3rd Jul 2013
FYI, this story is more than a year old

In what must be one of the most bizarre set of frequently asked questions regarding a new product, Google has set about answering Google Glass queries.

Ranging from the plain stupid to the ridiculous, the internet search giant answers questions varying from jackhammer and scuba diving usage, to whether Glass is indestructible.

Take five minutes to have a read, then chuckle yourself back to work.

Is Glass indestructible?

No. Glass is robust, stable and built to fit into your life. But you might break it if you don’t handle it with care. Protect your Glass by using the pouch we’ve provided, or another carrying case that you trust to keep Glass safe, dry, and awesome.

Is Glass useful everywhere?

Like everything, there is a time and a place.

It might be harder to hear Glass or use voice input commands in noisy areas, and it might be harder to see the Glass screen in bright sunlight.

Also, you may be in certain places like a doctor’s office where those around you don’t feel comfortable being photographed or captured on video. Always consider your surroundings - just like you would with a cell phone. Above all, be considerate.

Can I use Glass while driving or bicycling?

It depends on where you are and how you use it.

As you probably know, most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites.

Read up and follow the law! Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road. The same goes for bicycling: whether or not any laws limit your use of Glass, always be careful.

Can everyone use Glass?

Glass isn’t for everyone. Like when wearing glasses, some people may feel eye strain or get a headache. If you’ve had Lasik surgery, ask your doctor about risks of eye impact damage before using Glass. Don’t let children under 13 use Glass as it could harm developing vision.

Also, kids might break Glass or hurt themselves, and Google’s terms of service don’t permit those under 13 to register a Google account. If Glass is not for you and you wish to return it, do so before the end of the applicable refund period.

Can I use Glass while operating a jackhammer?

Use caution. Glass can’t protect your eyes from flying debris, balls, sharp objects, or chemical explosions. Using Glass while operating heavy or inherently dangerous equipment, or engaging in physical sports, could distract you, cause Glass to impact your eye, and lead you to harm yourself or others. So play your one-on-one Glass free.

Is it OK to go scuba diving with Glass?

Uhhh... no. Don’t let the Glass device or battery come in contact with liquids. Liquids can get into the electronic components, leading to corrosion.

Can I loan Glass to someone else?

Yes. The philosophy of the Explorer Edition is "one device for one person," but we understand that there are situations where you might want to loan the device to a family member, friend, or colleague.

Please don't sell, rent, or otherwise make a profit off the device. That's not allowed, nor is it in the Explorer spirit.

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