If your little one’s are optimistically popping the as-yet-unreleased Google Glass augmented reality headsets on their birthday and Christmas wishlists, you might wan’t to get them to consider a few action figures instead. Under 13s are among a number of groups that have been discouraged by Google themselves from wearing the web-connected spectacles.
“Don’t let children under 13 use Glass as it could harm developing vision,” reads a guideline on the Google website, with Google also not accepting children under 13 to register for a Google account necessary to use the spectacles many features.
Google shared a similar warning for those who have had laser eye surgery, and without prescription versions of the Glass system planned yet, the experience may pass by those with poor vision altogether.
“Glass isn’t for everyone,” the company admits on its website.
“Like when wearing glasses, some people may feel eye strain or get a headache. If you’ve had Lasik surgery, ask your doctor about risks of eye impact damage before using Glass.”
Those however who in the future buy Glass without first noting these guidelines will still be offered the chance to return the spectacles and get their money back if done “before the end of the applicable refund period.”
Google are currently testing the Glass systems out in the wild, with 1,000 people using the spectacles in public. They are expected to go on sale at some point next year.
It’s the latest in a series of concerns over the breakthrough technology, many of which relate to potential security and privacy issues.
For more on Google Glass, head over to the official website.
By Gerald Lynch | May 7th, 2013