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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. -- It's been nearly a year since approximately 2,000 developers, journalists, and other geeky tech enthusiasts signed up for the Google Glass Explorer Program.
Now, the time has come for all of us to pick up our Glass prototypes (and fork over $1,500 plus tax).
The Internet giant is certainly pulling out all the stops in introducing these new “Explorers” to Glass.
Glass recipients are treated with a concierge-like service, starting with a phone call to schedule an appointment fitting to the pick-up itself at one of three location options: New York, Los Angeles, and the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View.
Of course, with anything technology-related, there are bound to be some hiccups -- and Google is no exception.
Photos: James Martin, CNET
After a mix-up with my meeting time (Google reps informed me that that my appointment reminder email was "auto-populated with the wrong information"), I picked up Glass on Monday.
In what was much more glamorous than a regular visit to the optometry office, here’s a step-by-step look at being fitted for Google Glass.
During the pre-appointment phone call, I asked why it was necessary to drive down from San Francisco to Mountain View at all for this.
After all, the original Explorer program email said there was the option that Glass could be mailed in the case that the participant couldn't make it.
There were incentives offered about visiting in person, including meeting other Explorers as well as Google Glass team developers -- not to mention valet parking and champagne as some luxe perks for springing for a $1,500 pair of shades.