24-year-old Stephen Balaban has built an alternative operating system that runs on Glass but is not controlled by Google. This is to enable Glass do a whole bunch of things Google has forbidden the device to do.
Google is trying to walk a fine line between encouraging developers to write awesome apps for Glass and keeping people from getting too freaked out about the potential spying/creepiness/unwholesome factor.
For instance, Google has banned porn apps, and, a couple of months ago, it banned facial recognition software.
The ban came after Balaban, one of the developers behind commercial facial recognition startup Lambda Labs,built a facial recognition app for Glass.
After the ban, he promised he wasn’t giving up.