Google has so far kept its smart visor Glass available to only a select few VIPs and application developers, but a limited supply will become available at 9 a.m. EDT on April 15 to any U.S. resident older than the age of 18.
“Over the past several months, we’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program,” the company said on its Google Glass account on Google Plus. “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.”
The smart visors are available for $1,500 each through the Glass Explorer program, which currently includes more than 10,000 users. To make the visor more fashionable the company is also offering frames or shades with Glass.
The Explorer program is open to any applicant who is a U.S. resident older than the age of 18. Since Google unveiled Glass in 2013 some of the applications created for the visor include Google Maps navigations, photography, voice search for questions, but also the ability to read a Twitter timeline feed. The Glass innovation has shown Google's willingness to take risks on emerging technologies and may give the company an edge against rivals including Apple on developing new wearable devices.
If enough people use this opportunity it could expand the discussion about the rights and limits of people to wear them in public. Following privacy concerns from users Google posted an etiquette blog on how to properly use the visor without being a creepy “Glasshole.”
“The number of spots available is
limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in,” Google said. “You can
find us on Tuesday at: http://google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one.”