Google sends out Glass invites, buying instructions to non-devs

Google sends out Glass invites, buying instructions to non-devs

Summary: With a few big-name Glass apps now in the wild, Google is finally telling some non-developers how they can get their hands on the networked headset.

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Google is sending out the first wave of invites to non-developers who will be given instructions how to purchase the $1500 Explorer Edition of its Glass networked specs.

Now that Google's I/O conference has wrapped up, the company is opening up its Explorer Edition headset to winners from the public who entered its #ifihadglass competition this February.

The company in March told winners over Twitter and Google+ that they had been selected to participate in the campaign. However, the winners had not been told how they could purchase the device, which to date has only been available to developers.

Anyone from the general public told that they had won a spot in the Explorer campaign will need to either follow Project Glass on Twitter or add Project Glass to their Circles to receive the invite. 

"Over the next few weeks, we'll be slowly rolling out invitations to successful #ifihadglassapplicants. If you were one of the successful applicants, please make sure you have +Project Glass in your Circles so we can send you a message," Google's Project Glass team announced yesterday

Google hasn't said when the specs will reach buyers or how many of the 8,000 it set aside will be made sent out, but the instructions to purchase suggests it won't be long before more users can start sharing images snapped from Glass on Facebook and Twitter.

Other apps Glass owners will be able to use include Evernote, Tumblr, CNN and Elle magazine, Path and the New York Times, as well as Google's own apps for Glass such as Gmail, Now and Google+.

Topics: Hardware, Google

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  • Glass is not for the 'general public'...

    "Anyone from the general public told that they had won a spot in the Explorer campaign will need to either follow Project Glass on Twitter or add Project Glass to their Circles to receive the invite."

    The way the sentence reads sounds like I could be checking my email and suddenly receive an invitation to pick up a Glass. That's not going to happen. Everyone who has or gets a Glass for the foreseeable future is in an elite. They were either at Google I/O 2012, are a celebrity or were hand picked in a lottery (well, or randomly picked - it's not entirely clear how serious the vetting process was).

    But it's definitely not 'the general public'.
    TheWerewolf
  • And Let the Fun Begin

    This is going to be interesting.

    How will Glass play out in the court system?

    How many signs will be posted banning Glass from their premises?

    How many Glass wearers will be beat up?
    Patrickgood1