Last month, Google made Google Glass available to any adult in the U.S. for a single day in an effort to get the device in a bigger number of hands (or on a bigger number of heads, I suppose) without opening it up to everybody. It’s still not quite ready for primetime.
Google announced, however, that anyone in the U.S. can now order the device, and get the Explorer Edition as long as they have them in stock.
The Google Glass Google+ account said this last night:
Last week we told you we’d be trying out new ways to find Explorers. Well, we weren’t kidding. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta. We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand: google.com/glass
We’re ready to keep meeting new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear all your experiences and feedback to continue to make Glass even better, ahead of our wider consumer release.
It’s unlikely that Google will have any shortage of interested parties, though the price tag will keep many waiting for a proper launch with a lower price.
Right now, it’s going to cost you $1,500. You can go here, and pick your color, frames, and shades, and add it to your cart.
Teardown.com recently found that Google Glass costs roughly $80 in parts. Another report has come out saying hardware and manufacturing costs total about $152.47.
It will be interesting to see how many people participate in the newly open Explorer program, and how long it takes Google to make the device available in other countries.
It’s probably smart of Google to get the device to more people ahead of Google I/O, which takes place in just over a month.
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