Google Glass: First invites sent out to Explorer competition winners

Google Glass: First invites sent out to Explorer competition winners

Summary: Google's first round of Glass guinea pigs are being notified they've got the nod for a pair of the networked specs ahead of general release.

TOPICS: Hardware, Google

Google on Tuesday began sending invites to the first batch of competition winners selected to participate in its Google Glass Explorer Program, offering them an early chance to get their hands on the networked frames.

"Over the next few days we'll be sending out invitations to our Explorer Program through Google+ and Twitter. So, keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass to see if you've been invited," Google announced on its Project Glass Google+ page.

In February, Google kicked off a competition asking people to say what they would do with Glass under the hashtag #ifihadglass on Google+ and Twitter. The prize of the contest was a set of the glasses before they became generally available. However, there's no such thing as a free Glass - winners will still need to fork out $1500 to get the specs.

While Google initially said it had set aside 8,000 Glass headsets aside for the winners, it's not known whether all 8,000 will now be given away.

Google has so far tweeted around 50 competition winners to let them know they've made the cut, saying: "You're invited to join our #glassexplorers program. Woohoo! Make sure to follow us - we'll DM in the coming weeks."

Some of the early winners include entrants that want to use the specs to record a wedding, a DJ filming his fans at a performance, and an individual who wanted to make the "first truly first person action flick".

A larger list of winners can be found using this Twitter search while Quora administrator Dan Leveille has also compiled a list here.

Google has not yet revealed when the selected entrants will get the Explorer edition of Glass.

Project Glass noted that it had received applications from businesses, however the Explorer Program was only open to individuals.

Topics: Hardware, Google

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  • "Given away" or $1500???

    You have a different definition of "give away". I call that sold.