Punters in the US will be able to pick up a pair of Google’s sci-fi glasses if they have $1.500 to spare.
Google have brought out a limited number of Google Glass prototypes to go on public sale for anyone stateside keen to join the ranks of the Google Glass ‘Explorers
Previously Google Glass ownership has been limited to the lucky few. Around 2,000 units were sent out to fully paid up devs who initially coughed up at Google's 2012 I/O developer conference. Following this Google has floated a further 8.000 units to competition winners, testers and businesses.
Posting on their Google + page the Glass team note how Joe Public is intrinsic to their mission, "Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. 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. So in typical Explorer Program fashion, we’re trying something new."
So now the uninitiated will get their chance to wear Google’s high-tech specs, although sadly not on this side of the pond.
Google have warned there are limited numbers available but consumers will be invited to chose from different frame styles and colours and prescription lenses can be fitted to headsets if required. Google are also quick to note that the current Google Glass headsets are still in the beta phase and that the finished product, said to be coming to market this Summer could vary dramatically.
With Google signing up Luxottica, the holding company for Ray Ban and Oakley (amongst others) to give Glass some street-cred we may see some cosmetic changes, although the fact people are able to pick and choose now coupled with the news that Google will lay on more support for early corporate adopters indicates that technically things are unlikely to change that much