Google Glass Acts as a Camera on Your Head

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that you have your Google Glass on your head because it’s so light and unobtrusive. The people you interact with, however, may behave a bit oddly toward you. That behavior may be caused by your inability to maintain eye contact with them because you’re too busy looking at the screen or moving your head up to activate your Glass.

Also, people may not be sure that you’re not taking photos or recording video surreptitiously. Experienced users can tell when you’re taking a photo or video (the Glass screen lights up, and you have to speak a command or push a button), but not everyone is familiar enough with this new technology to recognize these signs.

When you’re talking with people, it’s a good idea to take your Glass off your head. That way, they’ll know that you’re giving them your full attention and that you’re not secretly recording the conversation.

Ask permission before recording

You can’t control what photos and videos other people take on Glass, and the general rule applies that a few bad apples can spoil things for everyone else. By the time you read this, those bad apples may have already made it difficult for everyone else to take photos and videos on Glass without arousing suspicion.

You can go a long way toward alleviating that suspicion by always asking permission before taking photos and videos of anyone — or of any business, or of anyone’s pets or children.

Share responsibly

This guideline was illustrated expertly by popular tech blogger Robert Scoble, an early tester and proponent of Glass who showed his enthusiasm by taking a picture of himself with his Glass on his head. . .as he was taking a shower.

Though Scoble was discreet, the photo didn’t exactly kindle enthusiasm among potential users. Instead, people (especially those in the media) took note that Glass doesn’t tell people other than the wearer that the camera is on, so it could encourage all sorts of mischief.

Make Miss Manners proud: Immediately share your photos and videos with the person who gave you permission to take them and then ask whether it’s all right to share them with anyone else. If not, don’t post those items on the web. Instead, take a minute to delete the photos from your Glass and any other file-storage services you use, such as your Google+ backup folder.