Slowly but surely, Google has been working to expand both Google Glass’ features and user base. Most recently, Google added support for Play Music, allowing folks to rock out to their favorite tunes directly from the company’s wearable device.
Now in what is easily the biggest expansion move since Google first introduced the Glass Explorer program, Google is now giving everyone who subscribes to Google Play Music All Access an invite into the Glass Explorer program.
If you’re an All Access subscriber, you might want to check your inbox. Keep in mind that you’ll still need to buy the handset to accept the invite, and it’s still currently price at the same $1500 asking price.
Right now the Glass Explorer program is estimated to have over 15,000 participants, and it is likely that this new mass invite will at least add a few more thousand to the count. What does this all mean? In short, it shows that Google is ready to up the volume of headsets that are out in the wild and it could also indicate that a commercial release isn’t terribly far off.
For now, Google Glass remains a niche device, but it’s clear that Google sees the project as an important step forward when it comes to the growing wearable market. What do you think of Google Glass, would you consider one if the price was lowered — say to something $600 or less? Conversely, do you feel that Glass has limited appeal and will remain a niche product into the foreseeable future?
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Why are we still talking about their invite only overpriced product. They should have released it ages ago.
Either they could’ve released a half-baked product ages ago or a product that has been tested thoroughly tested and worked on.
You probably are not a Glass Engineer and you don’t know what kind of problems they have to face. Even now, it has problems, and hopefully, they will work on fixing it before it is released to the public.
Additionally, as the post mentioned, it is a niche product. Smartphone have not been fully adopted in many developing countries and it will be a while before wearables become the norm.
Expect the official roll out to be much cheaper, hopefully $600 or so (so that I can buy it!)
600$ is not cheap. Considering the components it shouldn’t be more then 200$. 300$ is the top limit.
It’s not really a product, it’s a prototype under real world testing. Most products go through it. Google obviously decided that because it’s such a new, polarising paradigm, they’d make their testing very public, as a PR opportunity. The high price is deliberate, so that they can more valuable feedback from those who really want to contribute to its development.
I’m still hoping to win one.
why not torture a little bit and simply lower the price little by little. Say by a $100 every 4 months. That seemed to work with the Nexus 7.
The 1500$ price tag is necessary. Google needs people interested in the product, gradually development and feedback. A150$ launch, creating a uncontrolled boom is a dream for every single greedy soul out there :)
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douches wear wearables, like douches wearing their phones on their belt