Google Glass has been available in the US and Britain some time now, with US “Explorers” paying $1,500 for a pair of Google’s next big thing; British customers owe 1,000 pounds to get their hands on the technology titan’s latest device.
At the same time, however, these prices, as have Google Glass and the issue of privacy in recent days, give the impression that Google Glass is for the “haves” – while the “have nots” sit by and glance upon an object that can never be theirs.
Google wants to do away with this impression. Its “Giving Through Glass” (GTG) program allows Google to donate pairs of Google Glass to charities that intend to make the world a better place in some way while offering a humanitarian effort. Google contacted five non-profit organizations yesterday to tell them they were recipients of the Giving Through Glass program. The five non-profit organizations are 1) 3,000 Miles to a Cure, 2) Mark Morris Dance Group, 3) Women’s Audio Mission, 4) The Hearing and Speech Agency, and 5) Classroom Champions.
To win the Giving Through Glass program, applicants must submit research proposals on what they intend to do with Glass to make the world a better place. One group, Classroom Champions, intends to use Glass to help children see what life is like for Paralympic athletes who must overcome their physical challenges moment by moment. The Hearing and Speech Agency intends to use Google Glass as a therapeutic tool for those who are hearing and speech impaired.
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Giving Through Glass recipients receive not only a free pair of Google Glass, but they’ll also see a $25,000 grant awarded to their organization, make a trip to Google, Inc. for Glass training, and see the creation of new apps for Google Glass by way of developers that’ll aid these organizations in their respective missions.
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Google created Giving Through Glass in April of this year, the goal being, as always, to eliminate the criticisms about Glass that’ve many suspicious of privacy invasion and others using the term “Glasshole” to describe early Glass adapters who record video and take photos at whim. Some public establishments have banned Glass on their premises, and one individual decided to create a mechanism that would disable Google Glass when detected on an establishment’s Wi-Fi network.