Google Glass is now on sale for non-developer consumers, comes with a $1500 price tag, and can be ordered with either prescription or non-prescription lenses.
Google Glass emerged as a “geeky gadget” when it was announced by Google as being in Beta testing. Few individuals found it important to wear a pair of glasses on their eyes that would do things like send tweets, messages, check emails, set appointment dates and reminders, and so on – that is, except for tech enthusiasts who always want to sport something cutting-edge. Cutting-edge and fashion, however, don’t always fit like a ball in a glove.
On September 26, 2013, Google published the following announcement: “Wanna try Glass?…if you do want to, we’re going to start bringing Glass to cities across the US so you can give it a spin. You’ll be able to try on Glass, ask questions and chat with the Glass team in person. We’re kicking off in Durham, NC, on October 5th, and we’ll be on the road, heading to other cities after that. Stay tuned here on G+ and we’ll let you know where we’re going next.”
That was seven months ago, and Google has given its all to make Glass a consumer product – even going so far as to allow prescription lenses within Google Glass to fit both ordinary consumers and Google employees alike (not all have an ideal vision, you know). Last month, on Tax Day, April 15th, Google opened its doors to all consumers who wanted to purchase a pair of Google Glass but were unable to do so. The invitation-free event was only for one day, but it seems as though Google has now done the inevitable. As of this week, non-developer consumers can now purchase the Beta edition of Google Glass.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, you’re still responsible for forking over $1500 – the same amount required for developers to purchase Google Glass. Next, Google Glass is still in its beta stage – meaning that, it’s past the initial stage (alpha) but still needs some tweaking before primetime. This means that you should have realistic expectations about the device before you purchase it. It’s likely that Google Glass will contain some bugs and that the device may make you uncomfortable at first. I tried on a pair of HD lenses a year ago and had an eye-dizzying response. You may experience the same type of motion sickness some iOS 7 users experienced when looking at their iOS 7 with its icon parallax motion setup. These things aren’t mean to scare you or dissuade you, but they’re meant to level with you before you buy something from a view in your head that doesn’t match the real thing.
Last but not least, please know that you may not receive a favorable response with Google Glass. A number of entrepreneurs and small business owners haven’t been favorable to Google Glass. In one particular instance, a tech writer, Sarah Slocum, was attacked on Haight Street in San Francisco for showing a friend how to use Google Glass. The reason? A fight broke out, and one of the individuals involved didn’t want the embarrassment to be filmed on Slocum’s glasses. She took to Facebook with the comment: “OMG so you’ll never believe this but…I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some *** Google Glass haters.”
Google has detailed some of the “do’s” and “don’ts” in a Google Glass manual published by the Mountain View search engine giant. Perhaps it’s wise to head over to it and get a good read about proper Glass etiquette so that you won’t do something that you’ll live to regret.
If you wanna know how integrated Google Glass can become, Glass is being tested by the Air Force currently as well as some TV news channels in the US. We could see Google Glass arrive to market (for a price far less than $300) by the end of 2014, although it’s far more probable that Glass won’t hit shelves until 2015. Head over to the Google Glass Explorer site and Google Glass shop to get your Glass on!