Google seeks 'explorers' to test internet glasses

Google is ready to let more people try out its Glass project, but becoming an early adopter won't come easy or cheap.

The Silicon Valley company began taking 50-word applications on social media from users who want to become "Glass Explorers" and try out Google Glass: eyeglasses with small screens attached to give them smartphone-like capabilities.

Users who apply using the Google+ and Twitter social networks must include the hashtag "#IfIHadGlass" and explain what they'd do with the nifty gadget. If 50 words aren't enough, Google is also letting users include up to five pictures and a 15-second video.

Unfortunately for minors and people elsewhere on the globe, users must live in the US and be at least 18 to enter.

Google plans on choosing only a small number of applicants, and those who are chosen will have to pay to be "explorers."

Google said those selected will have to cough up $US1500, plus tax, for their Glass Explorer Editions. Additionally, they must pick up the device in person in either San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles so they can "attend a special pick-up experience."

Google said Glass will come in a variety of colours: charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton white and sky blue.

With Glass, Google said, users can record video, translate speech, send messages, take part in Google+ Hangouts and get directions.

 

I missed that bit

I missed that bit about USA only. I assumed that the application for the glasses was for developers to develop for the glasses but looks like anyone who wants the glasses can apply to get them.  If that's the case, then I guess there'd be plenty of people interested.

Foreigners are ineligible

You must live in the USA to be considered according to the article.

I suspect they will be massively over-subscribed.  There will be plenty of people willing to pay the price to get the new toy.

Cant imagine many applying

I can't imagine a huge number of people applying especially outside of the USA. $US1500 for the glasses then a couple of grand for the flights and accomodation to pick them up. Its a shame as I'm an android developer and it would be cool to develop on them as Google Glass is running on android.