It looks like Google is backtracking on some of the Glass Explorer invitations it’s sent out over the past few days. Back in February, the company gave people the opportunity to pay $1,500 for early access to the headset by explaining what they would do with it, either by posting to Google+ or tweeting with the hashtag #ifihadglass. Now, after starting to announce winners, the Glass team is taking a step back, saying that while it needs "honest feedback" from people who are "skeptical and critical" of Glass, a few of the applications it’s received don’t jibe with the program’s terms and conditions.
"With #ifihadglass we set out to find a truly diverse group of Explorers, and that’s certainly what we’ve gotten. We need honest feedback from people who are not only enthralled and excited by Glass, but also people who are skeptical and critical of it. That said, it’s become clear that a few applications that don’t comply with our terms have slipped through the cracks, and we’re going to have to disqualify applications like these. As for the rest of you, please keep that feedback coming – it’s all in the Explorer program spirit!"
So what kinds of applications are being disqualified after the fact? So far, the Glass team has only notified these two winners on Twitter:
They definitely do seem to contravene Google's guidelines:
"It must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, indecent, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of #ifihadglass."In hindsight, it might have been a better idea to vet these in advance.