The details are thin, but we know this much: Google last week announced that it will open the purchasing of Google Glass, the company’s Internet-connected headset device, to the general public for the first time ever at 9 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
So this means there’s now a chance that you, little old normal you, can be one of the “limited” number of buyers to grab a pair from the Glass website. Our guess is that you’ll have to be on the ball. The company hasn’t released exact information about how many folks it will be letting into its Glass “Explorer” program (which is what Google is calling Glass early adopters). With this being the first time Google has held any kind of open enrollment period for Glass, conventional wisdom would suggest that spots will fill up quickly, possibly within mere hours.
Here’s what you need to know:
First of all, you must live in the U.S. and be at least 18 years old to buy. Secondly, you’ll still need to cough up $1,500 for the device.
Despite the speculation that Google Glass will come down in price when it eventually hits the shelves of stores, buyers Tuesday will have to pay the same amount other handpicked Explorers have paid in the past. One difference with these orders is that Google is now providing the option, at no extra charge, to ship your Glass with the $225 prescription glasses frames the company introduced earlier this year.
The website that will be taking orders Tuesday is google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one. Pro tip: You can go there now to register for a Tuesday morning reminder for yourself.
As explained in the Google+ post about Tuesday’s sale, the company has tried many different ways to bring new Explorers (customers) into the program since Glass was unveiled in May 2012. Its first run of invitations were mostly developers and members of the press who attended the Google I/O conference, where Glass was first demoed. After that, Google ran a social media contest called “#ifihadglass” where prospective Explorers crafted tweets or Google+ posts explaining what creative things they would do if they were given the opportunity to buy a device of their own. The best submissions, as chosen by Google, were awarded the opportunity to buy Glass.
But if you’re just a normal, non-contest winning Glass fan (with an extra G and a half on hand), Tuesday will finally be your day. Just be sure to hit the Google Glass site as soon as it opens for business at 9 a.m. Eastern (6 a.m. Pacific). And for those of you who are pretty darn interested, but don’t have a small fortune to spend on a device that’s yet to be fine-tuned for the consumer market, maybe the smaller price tag rumors will end up being true … one day, not so long from now. Let’s keep hope alive.
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