Friday Poll: Are Google Glass developer terms too restrictive?

Google is shipping its Glass Explorer Edition with a list of restrictions detailed in the terms of service. Are those limits too much or perfectly reasonable?

Sergey Brin sporting Google Glass.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass. James Martin/CNET

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Are Google Glass developer terms too restrictive?

Google Glass information has been pouring out as the gadget gets closer to actually being delivered to developers. That means we've learned the high-tech specs sport 16GB of Flash memory and will be able to capture 5-megapixel images and 720p video. They are also meant for developer's eyes only.

Terms of service for Google Glass Explorer Edition includes restrictions on loaning or reselling the eyewear . Google retains the right to deactivate the gear if it detects a violation. The language in the terms is very clear: "You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person."

Developers are also prohibited from placing ads on Google Glass or charging for users to download apps for it.

Reaction to these restrictions has varied. There are those who think Google is overstepping itself and possibly hampering developers' work if they can't let other users try the device. Some are concerned these sort of restrictions could hold over to wider releases of the glasses, but there has been no indication that Google would place those terms on consumer models.

Others see the restrictions as pretty standard stuff for the development phase of a new product, especially one surrounded by as much hype and anticipation as Google Glass. The terms of service should certainly help keep the Explorer Edition off of eBay.

Most of the world will be waiting awhile before actually getting a crack at wearing Google Glass. In the meantime, we'll be watching closely as the developers try them out. What do you think of the restrictions Google has placed on the first round of Glass? Are they too much, or are they perfectly reasonable? Vote in our poll and chat it out in the comments.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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