Google Glass now available to anyone in the US, for a hefty price

Following a successful trial run last month, Google has decided to make the Explorer Edition of their Google Glass wearable computer available to anyone who wants to purchase it -- provided, of course, that they live in the U.S and have an extra $1,500 to spare.

Potential buyers can choose from five colors, a complimentary accessory (either custom frames or tinted lenses, which usually cost $225 and $150 respectively), and a protective case.

Google announced the news today via their official Google Glass blog, which offered a few kind words for early adopters and beta developers.

Last week we told you we'd be trying out new ways to find Explorers. Well, we weren’t kidding. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta. We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand.

Google also posted a video giving thanks to the initial set of Explorers who participated during the closed beta period, crediting them for the ongoing success of Google Glass and paving the way for Glass' future.

 

Note that while Google has opened the doors for anyone who wants to grab the Google Glass device, they are only offering the Explorer Edition, which means that it's still in beta and may offer less features than the forthcoming consumer version. Additionally, the price may be significantly more than the eventual consumer version -- we reported last week that Google Glass costs Google just $80 to make -- so if you can't spare the $1,500 needed to score the Explorer Edition, it may be better to wait until Google releases the consumer version later in 2014.

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Google and his physics products (excluding Nexus that technically is not a Google product) : i want to fail so badly.

Nikos_GR said,
Cool! I have never punched a crackhead's face with such glasses before!

And I've never seen a guy with Google Glass punch you back before!

Nikos_GR said,
And you'll never see that. I hope that you get to be the first one near me with google glass.

Seriously? Never go out in public again because you would be surprised how often you are on camera every single day. And better yet, stay inside and never go outside. Seems you are afraid of technology and will be one of those left behind. This tech is coming, sooner or later.

At least these cameras are not on the eyes of perverts, don't you think? Even so, it is way too different. I am not afraid of technology, but I care a lot for what is going on around me.
I cannot punch that camera that looks down on me, but for sure I can perfectly the face of the fella looking at me.

Many different kinds of perverts out there. Former network admin at my last job used to watch the security monitors at work and look at the cute women all the time. Point is, you are on camera and people can and will use those images however they want. You are recorded without knowing. At least with Glass, you can see if someone is recording you or not.

And have fun being brought up on assault charges. Hope jail time agrees with you.

techbeck said,
... At least with Glass, you can see if someone is recording you or not.

And have fun being brought up on assault charges. Hope jail time agrees with you.

Really? How do you get to see if that arse has been recording your ass on not?

Btw, planting his face on the pavement and smashing completely his glasses keeps any charges away. At least in my neighborhood. Come try it.

Nikos_GR said,

Really? How do you get to see if that arse has been recording your ass on not?

There is a light on the side indicating that recording is going on. And is obvious if you try and cover it up.

Btw, planting his face on the pavement and smashing completely his glasses keeps any charges away. At least in my neighborhood. Come try it.

If you think violence is the answer, then you are a fool and part of the problem. No reason to get violent over something like this and anyone who does, is immature and needs to move someplace far away from anyone else.

techbeck said,

There is a light on the side indicating that recording is going on. And is obvious if you try and cover it up.

If you think violence is the answer, then you are a fool and part of the problem. No reason to get violent over something like this and anyone who does, is immature and needs to move someplace far away from anyone else.

When people do not understand when no means no, violence becomes quite handy no matter you like it or not.
(and you cannot do anything about it)

Nikos_GR said,
When people do not understand when no means no, violence becomes quite handy no matter you like it or not.
(and you cannot do anything about it)

I cant do anything about it? Really? That is a laugh. How about pulling out my gun and shooting anyone that assaults me...and I will get away with it to since I was defending myself.

You have no clue and I am done with this convo.

Edited by techbeck, May 16 2014, 2:59pm :

If I lived in the US, had more money then sense, loved new tech, and like solutions to not existent problems... I would possibly consider buying this. Just seems like an awful lot of money for such a crappy little thing. Don't get me wrong, it's neat. Neat isn't worth $1,500 imo.

As for the people punching people thing, nah. Maybe a few times it'll happen, but punching someone on Camera is probably not a good idea. If you don't like people taking your photo, don't go outside, ever.

astropheed said,
If I lived in the US, had more money then sense, loved new tech, and like solutions to not existent problems... I would possibly consider buying this. Just seems like an awful lot of money for such a crappy little thing. Don't get me wrong, it's neat. Neat isn't worth $1,500 imo.

As for the people punching people thing, nah. Maybe a few times it'll happen, but punching someone on Camera is probably not a good idea. If you don't like people taking your photo, don't go outside, ever.

"had more money then sense"

That's what this crap is all about! Google KNOWS there are tons of people out there just like that!

Wait for v2, it's claimed that it won't have the bulk (the fat lens) but it will all be built into the tinted (or not tinted) lenses (regular lenses). but the left side will be a bit thicker.

Google Glass -$1500
Custom Frames - $225
Tinted - $150
Getting punched in a face/ someone beat a **** out of you because they don't want to be filmed - Priceless

webeagle12 said,
Getting punched in a face/ someone beat a **** out of you because they don't want to be filmed - Priceless

Suing that person for everything they own and more, then making a blog about it as they're thrown in jail - priceless?

webeagle12 said,
Google Glass -$1500
Getting punched in a face/ someone beat a **** out of you because they don't want to be filmed - Priceless

The US seems to have a pretty good culture of suing people for exuberant amounts of money over the smallest things. I'm pretty sure if someone assaulted you because they assumed you were recording you'd have reasonable grounds for a lawsuit.

I can't speak for US laws but in NZ its entirely legal to film, photograph or otherwise record individuals in public spaces without their explicit consent. The only exception being public spaces where one would expect privacy (public toilets/changing areas) As such anyone reacting to your Glass would probably be liable for Wilful damage to property, aggravated assault/assault with intent to inure as well as the potential for discrimination/hate crimes. Maximum prison terms range from 5 months -5 years.

Regardless of your opinion of glass, (not OP's opinion, this is for the "haters") violently lashing out at someone because they have it on is ultimately f***ed up. Look at the video, they're just normal people. If you really have an issue take it to the people behind it.

webeagle12 said,

Getting punched in a face/ someone beat a **** out of you because they don't want to be filmed - Priceless

This always cracks me up. Do you realize how often people are being taped on a daily basis? Whether they go to work, walk to to any store, driving on the free way, go to restaurants...lots of people are being taped all the time by several different sources.

I don't get why there are some people who visit this site that assume that anyone with Glass is going to just record them for the funsies.

Apart from the price tag, i'm curious to know what the differences between the consumer version and this version might be.

$1500 to look like a dork no thank you (eventually hopefully some company will get it right but the tech isn't ready yet)

winrez said,
$1500 to look like a dork no thank you (eventually hopefully some company will get it right but the tech isn't ready yet)

I think that they look more douche than dork.

Enron said,
$1500 for an $80 item.

I do wonder how accurate that report was but now I am really curious as too how much these actually cost to make.

Prosidius said,
There's more to costs than just what the parts cost. R&D is a hefty price.

Still pricey R&D. Read some things a while back suggesting the steep early preview of the device was to weed out non serious testers....but really only Google knows.

I'll agree with you guys if you tell me that you would answer the same way for Apple products, and agree with me that many people here refuse to take R&D, and other costs into Apple's product prices.

Prosidius said,
There's more to costs than just what the parts cost. R&D is a hefty price.

TruckWEB said,
You pay for all the R&D that had to be done...

What about simply Google weren't able to make it cheaper? That's what it comes down to. R&D or otherwise. It's their fault.

Prosidius said,
There's more to costs than just what the parts cost. R&D is a hefty price.

If R&D cost that much on top of parts and labor, trust me, no one would be able to afford a smartphone or even Windows OS

R&D is only done once. After that, it becomes extremely cheap to mass produce items. Charging $1420 ~per unit~ for R&D is way way too much. Especially considering the fact that there wasn't much research involved in the the first place since this tech is nothing new, it's been in use in military and even automobiles for more than a decade. Google just brought in people with the know how.

The whole price argument is getting old. Glass will have a better/more reasonable price when it is released to the consumer market.