Google Glass now available for sale to U.S. residents for $1,500, today only

April 15th may be the day that many people in the U.S dread, as they mail in their federal tax returns. However, Google has chosen today to be the one day that it will allow those same citizens a chance to purchase the Explorer version of its Google Glass product.

As previously announced, the Explorer version of Google Glass can now be bought for $1,500 from the Glass website. For that rather high price, you get a wearable device with an adjustable nose-pad and hardware that includes a 5 megapixel camera that takes 720p video. It also has 16 GB of Flash memory, of which 12 GB is actually useable, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless support and a bone conduction transducer for audio; the battery life is supposed to last up to one day.

The frames come in a choice of five colors (black, white, gray, red and blue) and the Glass package includes a cable and charger, a mono earbud and a pouch. Google is offering Explorer users a complementary frame that can hold the lenses for Glass. Normally they would cost between $150 (for shades) to $225 (for the titanium frames). There are also some extra accessories for sale that include clear shades for $75, stereo earbuds for $85 and a hard case for $75.

Remember, this offer is just for today and only for U.S. residents; Google currently plans to launch the final consumer version of Google Glass later in 2014.

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Seems people are beginning to enjoy grabbing these off faces and spiking them like a football so I think I'll pass. I might be a player for the contacts one day, as resistance is futile ;-)

Hahaiah said,
Seems people are beginning to enjoy grabbing these off faces and spiking them like a football so I think I'll pass. I might be a player for the contacts one day, as resistance is futile ;-)

In the world of adults, that would result in at minimum a law suit. I can see that being a problem in High School (which is probably your frame of reference) but if anyone tried to do that to me in public, I'd get the authorities involved.

Shadrack said,
I'd get the authorities involved.
Depends on the situation. As mentioned above wear it in a public restroom or other such place and you might very rightly find yourself being hauled in instead of the other guy.

I hope all public restrooms will not post the following (or similarly worded) notice: "WARNING: Premises under video surveillance" Such a sad commentary. Seemingly adult individuals are already inconsiderate enough with inappropriate cell phone use--now we will have inappropriate video use.

These will sell out. Not for casual use but for applied use. These comments lol!

why else would they sell for 1 day lol!

Looks surprisingly creepy sinister in person. I wouldn't want to wear this until they find a way to hide the light of the LCD screen from others.

Skwerl said,
Looks surprisingly creepy sinister in person. I wouldn't want to wear this until they find a way to hide the light of the LCD screen from others.
So you can actually be a creepy sinister guy who records people without their knowledge? ;)

After watching Miguel de Icaza use this at Microsoft's build conference, I can safely say I don't want to be walking around like a life sized PEZ dispenser.

deadonthefloor said,
After watching Miguel de Icaza use this at Microsoft's build conference, I can safely say I don't want to be walking around like a life sized PEZ dispenser.
I've seen one person with it on, and he passed me pushing a baby stroller.

I had to stop myself from laughing at the smug look on his face. As a wearer of normal glasses by day, I do not find the idea of blocking any more of my vision with something appealing.

As they are clearly getting at with the patent for wearable electronics contained in contacts, I expect that this will eventually make it into some sort of transparent format that can exist in the glasses that I am already wearing, then we'll talk (or contacts, but I cannot imagine how expensive it would be to throw those away semi-regularly, which--for those that do not wear contacts--is what you do with contacts after relatively short periods of time [days to less than a few months]).

the price tag is to separate the people who REALLY want to test and help make the product better vs people who just want something because its new. What was the cost? $200+? they are not selling this to MAKE money (its Google, they don't need more) but rather just to filter out people in the beginning who won't help it become a better product.

rippleman said,
the price tag is to separate the people who REALLY want to test and help make the product better vs people who just want something because its new. What was the cost? $200+? they are not selling this to MAKE money (its Google, they don't need more) but rather just to filter out people in the beginning who won't help it become a better product.

Is this just your opinion, or do you know something that we don't.

uxo22 said,

Is this just your opinion, or do you know something that we don't.

Only opinion, but this business test phase tactic has been done before. But i could be totally wrong, I should have put "I think" ahead of the post. Sorry.

rippleman said,

Only opinion, but this business test phase tactic has been done before. But i could be totally wrong, I should have put "I think" ahead of the post. Sorry.

np, I just thought that that was an interesting point of view and was wondering if that's how they actually say it.

rippleman said,
the price tag is to separate the people who REALLY want to test and help make the product better vs people who just want something because its new. What was the cost? $200+? they are not selling this to MAKE money (its Google, they don't need more) but rather just to filter out people in the beginning who won't help it become a better product.

Or, you know, it's expensive because it's a prototype and the mass-production power isn't there to bring costs down. This isn't about money. (imo)

They just came out with an update that is supposed to help battery life.

Anyway, consumer version will be cheaper and hopefully priced right. Still dont see me getting the device regardless of price. If I worked in retail, I would push for these since they will be handy there or in a warehouse.

That is how you know you've made it financially... You can blow $1500 to beta test some product.

Too expensive for my blood. I'll have to pass.

I don't think I'd buy it even if I had the money to spare. I'm simply not interested in it despite being a huge fan of Google and Android.