Google making Glass available to the masses for one day only

Summary:The timing for the Google Glass flash sale couldn't be better for those looking to blow their tax refunds.

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There are countless reviews and critiques arguing that Google Glass is far from ready for the consumer mass market yet . But the Internet giant is going ahead with the digitized headset anyway -- at least for one day only.

After being scooped earlier on Thursday, Google came clean that it would be making Glass available for purchase to anyone (but not quite everyone) on Tuesday, April 15. The timing couldn't be better for those looking to blow their tax refunds.

Up until now, Glass has only been available to developers and other industry insiders via the Google Glass Explorer Program, which started taking applicants as far back as Google I/O in 2012 when Glass was first unveiled.

Since then, the program has slowly opened up by allowing existing members to invite colleagues and friends to throw down $1,500 (plus tax) for prototypes of their own. The Android maker also let in another pool of interested beta testers through promotions on Google+ . (See: #ifihadglass.)

Google is still keeping the lid on the Glass Explorer program, albeit slightly ajar. Anyone interested in joining the Explorer program (and willing to pay the aforementioned hefty fee) can sign up starting at 6AM PDT on April 15.

Without offering a specific figure, Google warned that there are only a "limited" number of spots available.

Another catch: The program continues to remain only available in the United States.

Topics: Mobility, Android, E-Commerce, Google, Hardware

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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