It looks like Google is planning on letting the plebeians get their hands on Google Glass–but the buying window is going to be tight.
The Verge has obtained an internal document that outlines a proposed “Explorer Program Expansion,” set to kick off April 15 at 9am EST. At that time, Google would allow any U.S. resident to purchase a pair for a limited time.
“On April 15th at 6am PDT: Announce a limited time (about a day?) expansion of the Explorer Program where any US resident would be able to purchase Glass (through google.com/glass) and join the Explorer Program,” reads the leaked document.
Ok, so everyone means everyone in the U.S. Sorry rest of the world.
It also says that these new signees would get a free frame or shade with their purchase. Like always, the price for Glass during this limited promotion would be $1,500.
As of right now, Google Glass is only available to those that Google has selected for the Glass Explorer Program. While the company has been expanding it as of late, there’s still a waiting list to get in. Google says that the design of the Explorer Program is “for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass.”
This tax-day promotion wouldn’t open up Glass to everyone for any more than a day (or two?)–Google isn’t planning on releasing their wearable tech to the general public until later this year.
Google likely wants more users in the Glass Explorer Program to be able to test the product and give them feedback, and they likely wish to combat a rash of negative publicity surrounding Glass and its users by not only giving the general public some goodwill (by making it seem less exclusive and thus Glassholey), but also saturating the market with more product so that it becomes more of a common sight.
The road to acceptance is paved with normality.
Of course, this is just a proposal and Google could rule against it in the end. But if this holds, and you’ve been dying to get your hands on Google Glass, next Tuesday seems like your best bet.
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