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Oops: Someone Actually Lost a Google Glass

By - Source: VentureBeat | B 15 comments

VentureBeat reports that product designer Luke Wroblewski actually lost his $1,500 pair of Google Glass specs. He made the revelation last night via Twitter, and is the first to do so according to Google. To make matters worse, Glass is linked to a number of his accounts -- anyone who figures out how to boot it up and take control will have access to his private information.

"[It's] pretty nerve-racking. It’s an expensive and still-rare item -- plus I’ve been using them to develop Glassware. So [it's] not good on a number of fronts," he told VentureBeat in an email.

Wroblewski said he wasn't wearing the specs when they were lost, but instead they must have slipped out of his bag when he was passing through airport security. Next time, he said, they will be tucked away in a zippered pocket. Meanwhile, he may be forced to remotely wipe Glass via the web, but he's temporarily waiting in hopes that someone will return the specs to him.

With Google involved, there's a good chance the Glass specs will be deactivated if it's not returned soon. Currently, Google forbids anyone from reselling, loaning, transferring or giving the device to any other person. If this rule is broken, then 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."

If someone does find Glass and tries to sign in with their own Google account, the company will know and likely deactivate the device. The company plans to be a little more lenient when Glass finally goes retail next year, allowing customers to buy a unit and offer it to someone else as a gift. Like the current Explorer model, it cannot be resold.

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    bllue , May 20, 2013 8:04 PM
    "Lost." Most likely some stunt
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    dimar , May 20, 2013 8:27 PM
    Marketing BS. Not even funny anymore..
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    gsxrme , May 20, 2013 9:28 PM
    of course there was a contract ass-hat otacon72. He more than likely sold the damn glasses for way more than $1500 to some china based knock-off company
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    g-unit1111 , May 20, 2013 9:59 PM
    Fail. If I had that device it would not leave my sight for more than a minute.
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    surphninja , May 20, 2013 10:07 PM
    Cannot be resold? That's not really up to them. According to US law, they cannot prevent reselling.
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    JOSHSKORN , May 20, 2013 10:22 PM
    I wonder if you can install "Where's my Droid" on Google Glass.
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    hotroderx , May 21, 2013 12:02 AM
    "The company plans to be a little more lenient when Glass finally goes retail next year, allowing customers to buy a unit and offer it to someone else as a gift. Like the current Explorer model, it cannot be resold'
    That right there turns me off of google glasses completely. Really puts a sour taste in my mouth about Google in general. What in the world is google thinking.
    When I buy a product it belongs to me it no longer belongs to Google. Them telling me what I can and cant do with my product is complete BS. This is no better then company's who add the insane DRM to there products.
    I am just completely blown away by this its extremely anti consumer. I am going to assume the retail version will be treated like there treating them now. Where once there registered to someone if there transferred they will be remotely wiped and disabled.. Think about it this way if that's the case its like your PC manufacture disabling your computer because you decided to sell it or give it away.
    Also if Google does get away with this how long before other company's follow suit. I could see cell phone and tablet manufactures going the same route if this works.
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    The_Trutherizer , May 21, 2013 12:54 AM
    Geez! but they can really shit their pants when they wanna shit their pants....
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    cats_Paw , May 21, 2013 1:37 AM
    So... they can deactive your eyes?! Purity first was right, stop human augmentation!...
    Oh wait... wrong article.
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    maigo , May 21, 2013 1:53 AM
    Lost? More like sold to Apple
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    house70 , May 21, 2013 3:31 AM
    If someone took Google to court Google would lose. You can't tell someone they can't resell something they purchased outright unless you signed a binding contract stating that fact. You can't agree to a ToS that is inherently illegal. It doesn't run some proprietary software either... it's simply a modified version of Android. Is it worth taking Google to court over? not at all.. just scare tactics by Google.

    Leave it to a hater to make no sense. Of course they run proprietary software on that Android-based system. Android is just the OS. All the drivers, the kernel etc. are proprietary at this point, that's why they sold these developer edition glasses to developers, to give them access and enable them to code for it. Geez. Retail versions will likely have different TOS, but as of now it is similar to having access to an early edition of a smartphone to give you the chance to create apps for it. There WILL be restrictions.
    Next time at least try to make some sense when you're hating. Unless you enjoy making a fool out of yourself on every post.
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    Kailash Nathan , May 21, 2013 8:02 AM
    I think I left my "glass" at the same bar where I lost my iPhone :) 
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    Cazalan , May 21, 2013 9:58 AM
    Good to know their backdoor capabilities. I will never buy a device like that which can be remotely wiped/deactivated/activated.
    They're probably also taking random picture/sound samples for "quality of service" purposes. Read the fine print.
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    Cazalan , May 21, 2013 10:02 AM
    Off topic, but comments seem broken for Firefox (20.0.1). Had to switch to Chrome.
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    maigo , May 21, 2013 11:42 AM
    Lost? More like sold to Apple