Google Glass for Sale April 15 Only; Public Given 1-Day Window

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Friday, 11 Apr 2014 07:21 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Google Glass, the computer you wear on your face, was previously accessible to software developers only, but the search giant is having a one-day only sale next week for anyone in the U.S. willing to pony up the dough.

In an announcement post on its social network, Google Plus, Google Glass explained that pairs would be available on April 15 starting at 9:00 a.m. EST for a cool $1,500. It will come with a sunglasses shade or frame of the users choosing.

"Over the past several months, we’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program," the post begins. "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."

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Google Glass has been a polarizing piece of technology since its debut in April 2013, making headlines for everything from distracted driving to bar fights.

In anticipation of consumer skepticism, Google founder Sergey Brin and the team behind the wearable device have been careful to use language like "Explore" to describe the technology — emphasizing the experimental and constantly evolving nature of the product and its role in both public and private life.

They've also kept the device at a high price point and couched Glass in imagery reminiscent of outdoor exploration and exhilarating adventure — presumably to appeal to the demographic most likely to adopt it upon mass roll out: the well-to-do young and aging technophiles.

On the Google Glass sign up page, the company plays up the pioneering nature of glass: "To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind. And that's what Glass Explorers do. They are the first to make, to tinker, to create, to shape, and to share through Glass. We're expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program."

Like the early explorers of yore, Glass Explorers have certainly come up against many obstacles, including the indignity of being labeled a 'Glasshole.'

One woman, Sarah Slocum, was interviewed by major news outlets after she said she was harassed and attacked at a San Francisco bar for wearing glass. One man involved in the incident was even accused of ripping them off her face for fear she was recording everyone. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that she was recording, and after some digging into Slocum's past the media found out she had several restraining orders filed against her, including one for video-recording people through their windows.

Many establishments, especially bars, have posted signs banning the use of Google Glass because of the incident.

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