April 15, 2014
For A Mere $1,500 You Can Purchase Google Glass, But Offer Only Available For One Day
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
“It looks like the cat’s out of the bag,” Google announced on Thursday. As of next Tuesday, April 15 anyone – or at least anyone in the United States who is over the age of 18 and who is willing to pay $1500 plus tax – can become a Google Glass Explorer.
While it is easy to think of the current crop of Explorers as being part of the elite group of Silicon Valley executives, high tech entrepreneurs, select programmers and journalists, Google apparently sees that Explorers are in fact “moms, bakers, surgeons and rockers.”
Now the tech giant is going to try “something new.” On the company’s Google+ Google Glass Shared Publicity site the company announced:
“Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in.
Those not in the United States will have to wait a little while longer, as the posting added, “To everyone outside the US...we know. Sorry :( We’re just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries.”
As The Verge reported on Thursday, while Google is opening this up to anyone willing to pay for the privilege of being an Explorer, this is still very much beta-level technology and not a full consumer release – which is expected for later in 2014. “It sounds like Google simply wants to get the device in the hands of as many people as possible for testing and development purposes ahead of that launch. Alternately, it could be Google's way of clearing out Explorer edition stock ahead of the full consumer launch.”
The timing of this is also notable in that it was just about a year ago – almost to the day in fact – that Google began notifying some Google Explorer participants that the very first glasses were ready to be shipped for testing.
CNET reported on Thursday that since the big rollout last year to Explorers, along with smaller sign-up campaigns, that some 10,000 people are now Google Glass owners. Since last April Google has had an ongoing waiting list along with friend referrals, but whether it could go more “mainstream” remains the serious question, and perhaps this is why Google is now testing the waters to see interest from early adopters.
Earlier this week CNET also reported that 72 percent of those polled in a new study conducted by market research firm Toluna said they would not be interested in Google Glass because of privacy concerns. The study was one of the first to delve into Americans’ feelings about Google Glass.
This week Google also launched, as reported by USA Today, a new Glass at Work program aimed at developers who are creating software for US based enterprise.
“We wanted to create a program that made it easier for them to get started on implementing Glass in their businesses,” the company said in a statement.
“The Washington Capitals and Schlumberger are just two of the companies that are at the forefront of exploring new possibilities with Glass,” the company added on its Google Glass page. “The Washington Capitals partnered with APX Labs to create a fan experience where real time stats, instant replay and different camera angles are all brought directly to Capitals fans via Glass. Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, partnered with Wearable Intelligence and is using Glass to increase safety and efficiency for their employees in the field.”