The California-based tech giant announced that it will let everyone to become part of its “Glass Explorer” program before launching the finale product. However, there are some restrictions: first, you have to reside in US, then there is a limited number of Google Glass, plus you have only one day to purchase.
Thus, on April 15, anyone in the United States with some extra $1500 will be able to buy the high-tech eyewear. Google will also include a free sunglass shade or one of its newly-introduced prescription glasses frames along with any purchase. In a Google+ post, the company says that the sale will begin at 9 a.m. eastern time, and will be first-come, first-served. You can sign up for a reminder on Google’s Glass website.
“Our Explorers are moms, artists, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better,” Google said in the post. “But every day we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too.”
The latest version of Glass comes with spectacle-style frames, after Google joined forces with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other high-end brands. The partnership with Luxottica was portrayed as Google’s “biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market.”
Google Glass represent a voice-controlled set of smartglasses with prism placed above the right eye to create a virtual display just out of eye line. It is capable of displaying contextual information based on the wearer’s location, time of day and links to Google’s services through an Android smartphone. It also features a camera that will record video and capture photos on command.
Actually, it is the first time when Google allows just anyone purchase a Glass prototype, though the company has been gradually expanding availability through other methods.
Last October, the existing Explorers were allowed to invite up to three other people to the program, while lifting the requirement that they live in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco. And in December, subscribers to Google Play Music All Access got a chance to purchase Glass prototypes, reports the Time.
According to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, consumer version of Glass will launch later this year, but the company hasn’t given a release date, price or a sense of how the final version will differ from the prototype. Still the “developer prototype,” as the company is calling its current iteration, has so far found its happiest customers in industry, military, health care, and enterprise situations.
The NYPD is testing Glass for use by officers in the field. The U.S. Air Force, not to be left out, is also getting into Glass and even building apps for battlefield use. Hospitals, especially surgeons, are getting in on the action with great enthusiasm, says VentureBeat.
Google recently sent out a release to debunk Glass myths including that it invades privacy, distracts wearers, and is for “technology-worshipping geeks.”
“If someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command or press a button,” Google said. “If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass.”