Google Glass 'explorers' start getting 'private updates' about pre-orders

Anyone who pre-ordered Google Glass might want to keep an eye on their mailboxes...but not for what you might expect.

After Google Glass was unveiled during the I/O keynote in San Francisco just a few weeks ago, some more hints about the futuristic spectacles are starting to trickle down.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Google Glass team sent out an email to anyone who pre-ordered the device at the Moscone West convention center in June.

In that email, Google Glass "explorers" were sent a copy of Google+ post (seen below) from Google co-founder Sergey Brin along with some instructions on how to get private updates about the Glass project using their Google+ accounts.

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But it's not just email inboxes that Glass explorers might want to keep an eye on. Earlier today, I received a mysterious package, with Google's Mountain View headquarters labeled as the return address.

Inside, there was no note, but just a simple blue box with blue silk lining on the inside, cushioning a thick glass paperweight with just a 4-digit number imprinted.

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At first glance, I was quite puzzled. I couldn't tell if it was some viral marketing or finally my chance at a first clue to go on a quest just like Indiana Jones.

Unfortunately, one of my co-workers burst that bubble by suggesting it was likely something to do with Google Glass -- perhaps a confirmation number of sorts. I pinged the Google Glass team immediately, but I haven't received a response yet.

Nevertheless, the timing of the arrival of this package this morning followed by the email this afternoon all fits too nicely into place for it to mean anything else.

Note that financial information still hasn't been asked of most (if any) Google Glass explorers yet. Furthermore, Google Glass is not expected to ship (in beta mode) until next year some time.

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