Google Glass Goes On Sale to the Public Next Week (but Just for One Day)
Anyone in the U.S. with the means and the will to walk around in public with a computer on his or her face will be able to sign up to do just that next Tuesday.
Anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 and the will to walk around in public with a computer on his or her face will be able to sign up to do just that next Tuesday. Google announced on Thursday afternoon that it would offer a "limited" sale of Glass starting on April 15 at 9 a.m. You can sign up for a reminder email here.
Google Glass is currently in what's called an "explorer" program — it's not yet available to Regular Joe and Jane consumers to buy off the shelf. That won't happen permanently until later this year. The Verge first reported on the Glass flash sale earlier on Thursday, citing leaked documents from Google. Based on those, it looks like the company will offer some of its "designer" frames for sale in addition to the original frame designs. There will be prescription and sunglasses frames for sale, as well.
In a blog post about the launch, Google said that it originally planned to announce the one-day sale next week, "but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now." Google explains that there are a "limited" number of spots in the program. While it's not really clear what Google hopes to gain from its expansion of the "explorer" program in this manner (besides publicity), they did provide this on the demand for the product:
Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. But every day we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. So in typical Explorer Program fashion, we’re trying something new.
So there you have it, aspiring Glassholes. Google's first and maybe only chance to buy your way past the waitlist for the explorer program begins and ends on Tuesday. For those who manage to get a pair, be sure to check out the company's anti-creeper guidelines for using Glass.