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