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Exclusive: The Official Stanford Court Hotel Guide on How Not to Be a Glasshole

Scott Lucas | May 9, 2014 | Story Tech World

Starting Monday, Nob Hill's Stanford Court Hotel will be offering what they call a "Google Glass Explorer Package." In addition to, you know, a hotel room, the package will give travelers access to that most-fraught of social signifiers: A complimentary set of Google Glass to use while on the property.

It's no surprise that the hotel, named for the obscure 19th century robber baron Leland Stanford (Ed., who went to Berkeley: "Never heard of him."), would be offering this kind of deal. After all, they're the same place that offers free cocktails to Glass wearers. What's more interesting, though, is the etiquette briefing that the hotel is passing out along with the pairs of Glass. Entitled, "Don't Be A Glasshole," the brochure walks patrons through the do's and don'ts of being a human target.

Through impressively clever journalistic tactics (we asked the hotel to share it with us), we've obtained a copy of the Glass Guide. Here it is:


As with any emerging technology there are rules and protocols to follow. Here are a few tips to ensure that your time with Glass is enjoyable both for you and those around you.

Try not to Glass-out
Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love. So don’t try reading War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens.

Don’t Be Creepy
If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you. Again, don’t try doing anything that’s too immersive.

Avoid high-impact sports
Glass is a piece of technology, so use common sense. Popular San Francisco activities such as kite-boarding at Ocean Beach or skate boarding down California Street with Glass are probably not good ideas.

Don’t expect to be ignored
Let’s face it, you’re gonna get some questions. Be patient and explain that Glass has a lot of the same features as a mobile phone (camera, maps, email, etc.). If you’re worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant with a question about Glass, just take it off.

Be Polite
In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will just irritate those around you.

Ask for permission
standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends. The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others.

Pretty good advice. Even better advice: Don't even bother.

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