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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.
Explorers have five hues to choose from when picking out Glass: Charcoal, tangerine, slate, cotton, and sky. (These shades are also known by the names black, orange, gray, white, and baby blue).
Glass buyers are asked to choose which palette they'd like during the pre-appointment phone call, but I was asked again in case I'd like to change my decision last minute.
I still went with what I think is the cleaner, more modern (yet futuristic) look: "Cotton."
There are a few steps to take care of ahead of in between the scheduling call and the Glass fitting itself.
For starters, explorers are asked to set up Google+ accounts -- if they haven't already. (It might be shocking if someone in this program didn't already have one considering the test pool is made up of Google fanboys -- or at least tech nerds who are likely social media savvy and must have set up a Google+ account, even if it's not active anymore.)
The Google+ account is considered vital to the Glass experience because users can share photos and videos recorded on Glass with their Circles and "the world."
There isn't much else to do with Glass beyond sharing photos and videos yet, so users might as well comply.