Google Glass, a wearable computer with a head mounted display captivated the world’s imagination when it was released by Google last year. With the company letting only a handful of developers and other people purchase its early Explorer version, having the marvel piece in possession has been a long distant dream. Not anymore, it seems.
Google has declared that it will release Google Glass to the public of the United States for a day next week, on Tuesday, April 15th. Practically every person residing in the US will be able to place orders for the glass, however for a short duration of 24 hours only. The eye-wearable has been abstained for commercial sale so far.
Google said that the move is in the wake of assessing as well as promoting the extended version of its glass explorer program. It is still priced at $1,500 plus tax and includes a free shade or frame. The sales would begin at 6 A.M PDT or 9am Eastern Time and would last for 24 hours. The company has only a limited number of the wonder wearable which would only be available on a first come first serve basis.
In a blog post, Google mentioned, “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.”
Earlier, in its annual developer conference, in 2002, Google had accepted 2,000 pre-glass orders. This year, however, the company is looking for ways to proliferate its availability and to procure a feedback from the users for the release of the extended Explorer version which is likely to happen later in 2014. The company has also announced a partnership with Luxottica in March for the design, development and distribution of a new breed of the eyewear. Many details haven’t been unveiled, yet.
No matter how high the price, tech-freaks aren’t likely to miss the opportunity to don the wonder wearable. For now, the glass enthusiasts can click on sign me up to receive a reminder when the glass hits the market.
Google Glass boasts 5MP camera for taking pictures with 720p video capture. It features 12GB of memory, and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth for connectivity.
It seems Google desperately wants to introduce Glass in our day to day life. Recently, Google has also launched Glass at Work program to the push the Google Glass in the business community. However, it is also open for U.S. developers only. The debut for the general public should take place within a year.