Bummed you haven’t had a chance to join the Google Glass Explorer program until now? Up until recently the only way to buy a pre-release version of Google’s wearable computer was to receive an invitation. On April 15th, the company removed that restriction temporarily… and quickly sold out of units.
Now it looks like anyone can just head over to the Google Glass shop and place an order… but there are still a few caveats. You need to be a US resident. And you need to be willing to shell out $1500 for a developer device that will probably be much, much cheaper when a consumer version is eventually released.
Update: Whoops. It looks like Google just hasn’t deactivated that link yet… but it’ll do that soon.
Google Glass is a device that you wear like a pair of glasses. It puts a small, transparent display and a camera just above your right eye, and allows you to search the web, snap pictures, and perform other tasks using voice commands, taps, and gestures.
Glass can pair with your smartphone to access the internet and show notifications from your mobile device. Theoretically this could keep you from pulling your phone out of your pocket as often as you do now and lead to a more distraction-free existence… which seems like an odd benefit to such a conspicuous device.
Customers can pick up Glass kits in a variety of configurations, including models in black, white, blue, gray, or red and with or without a complimentary pair of frames for folks that plan to wear Glass with their regular glasses.