Google Glass Explorer Program comes to an end

by: Mike StengerApril 2, 2013

Google Glass hand

Google sent out thousands of invitations to #ifihadglass winners and today the official Project Glass Google+ page announced the Explorer Program has come to a close. All invitations have been sent and if you didn’t receive one, well, better luck next time. If you want to stay in the loop, you can visit the Glass website and sign up via email.

With the program coming to an end, we’re closer to getting our hands on the real thing. Google has been very careful with who they allow to use Glass, requiring developers at a recent hackathon to sign very restrictive NDAs. However, Google is investing big on this supposedly revolutionary product and has taken an almost Apple approach when it comes to secrecy.

Sergey Brin believes that Google Glass will help free us up from distractions and focus on the interactions that truly matter. For #ifihadglass winners who received an invitation to get their hands on Glass, they’ll have to shell out $1,500 and travel to New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to pick up in person.

  • williamworlde

    I love Google and large corporations. They “sold” their “revolutionary” futuristic, ultra-intrusive product to people who can promote it. People who are seen by millions and/or those who wield (great) influence or have a large audience. I am almost certain that would negate any of you replying to this column.

    It wasn’t a matter of affordability because I am sure each reader here could buy a $1500 (= 2 smartphones) piece of technology easily, and yet, your beloved Google didn’t offer it to YOU did they? Hmmm…..

    No? Why? You are simply consumers living beyond your means. You have no power, no influence, and are in hock. You simply CONSUME. But don’t be alarmed; you will be able to buy a pair at a more affordable price pretty soon. Then you can be really important and look at images about one inch away from ONE of your eyes. If you think people do stupid things walking/driving and looking at their smartphones now, just you wait!

    Then, you can thank Google for giving you the privilege of selling you some more stuff with this, their new MARKETING tool.

    Effin’ Brilliant!

    On a lighter note, I have been trying ROMs recently and settled on JBSourcery for my GNex (for now). It is quite good. Oh how I love Google and the Android smartphone they have “given” me. LMAO!

    • Logan Kraus

      Everything you just talked about? It’s called a beta program. People know they’re acting as marketers, and they’re fine with it. Don’t act like nobody understands what’s happening and everyone is stupid. They know, and they don’t care, because they get nice things. Nice things are nice. Surprise! People like nice things. Early adopters go after this technology because it’s their hobby, just like other people might seek out rare books or try to collect every action figure in a series or something. We get it, everything is a commodity. You can rant all you want, but nothing you’re saying is earth-shattering.

  • jenvargas

    I’m honored to be Glass Explorer!! Can’t wait until they tell us more. I’ve already had more than several “I wish I had Glass today” moments!