There's just no getting past Google, is there? The search giant, home delivery service and email service provider announced earlier this year that they would offer a couple thousand lucky contest winners the chance to pony up $1,500 for a manly face-mounted computer. Turns out some of those folks weren't exactly playing by Google's rules.
Entrants in the "If I had Glass" competition had written in to tell the company what, exactly, they would do with the new product, which is guaranteed to make all of our lives better or at least a little bit creepier. After Google started notifying winners via Twitter and Google+ earlier this week, they discovered some of their
lab rats "Explorers" had not followed the company's guidelines.
"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," the company wrote in an anonymous G+ update. "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."
Winners were selected by an independent panel not affiliated with Google or their marketing agency, but it is unclear what, exactly, the offending responders did to have their winning tickets revoked. (Were they marketing executives in disguise? Voyeur fetishists? The kind of person who cheats to get Google Glass is probably the last person you'd want walking around with a camera strapped to their face.) Some of the more interesting entries, meanwhile, included tools for remote visual instruction for surgery and a tool for identifying objects in the night sky.
In other news, Google has yet to offer your SFist editorial team any complimentary life-enhancing spectacles. Which is a shame because our face-mounted Instagrams of famous pastry chefs and fancy toast would be priceless.