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Last week there was a bit of hubbub among the still-tiny population of Google Glass users, after Google sent out packages to the Explorer program. A few of them spotted UPS packages coming in through the My UPS service, and speculation ran wild. What could this 1-pound package be? A free Nexus 4? Keys to one of Google's self-driving cars? A golden ticket for admittance to the Google X Dream Factory?

Nope. It's a water bottle.

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Just a water bottle. Nothing smart (or even mildly clever) about it: open the top, put some water in, and drink it. Glass user Jason Alvarez posted these photos to Imgur, showing off the sweet new hardware and a hand-written note from the Glass team. The bottle does have the official Glass logo emblazoned on the side, so I suppose you could use it to inform others that you're an Official Google Glass Explorer even when you're not wearing your exclusive electronics on your face.

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If you want to experience the elation and disappointment of this little gift from a first-person perspective, TWiT producer extraordinaire Jason Howell took an unboxing video with his own Glass unit. It is mildly entertaining.

Source: Imgur via Jesus Alvarez

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Mike Reid

    LOL !

    No, I think the "Glass" logo will make people think the bottle is fragile; made out of some kind of special glass painted black, possibly Thermos like.

  • brkshr

    That's just hilarious after all the speculation going on, online!

  • cosine83

    Why would you be disappointed in a free gift? it's free!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Because hypebeast always ends in a disappointment.

    • fixxmyhead

      cuz it could be a useless gift. i once won a prize and it turned out to be some books, i threw them in the trash 5 mins later and walked out

      • h98

        Well, it's obvious from that behavior that you don't read much...

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        sorry @fixxmyhead:disqus nobody can fix your head . its totally cracked

  • Roberto Giunta

    Holy cow! It's magical, evolutionary and it just works!

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    We got these same bottles at the Glass after party at I/O this year. They're nice, perfectly normal bottles. I guess the Internet speculation machine is bound to over-hype every little thing. I'll just be happy with another free bottle.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Exactly. Precisely why we didn't post about it before.

  • Bobo

    Going on eBay in one...two...three....

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I think you need to count the other way.

  • EricVP

    Disappointed with a free gift - spoiled much?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I don't have Glass, and the disappointment I was talking about wasn't mine. The people who went nuts after the initial UPS info got out (and was widely reported) would certainly be disappointed - that's why we didn't report on it without any hard data about what it actually was. I think the lucrative freebies that get sent out after Google I/O have created some unrealistic expectations in the minds of the Android faithful.

      If Google wants to send me a free water bottle, I'd tip my hat to them.

    • Paul Smith

      It's written by a tech writer used to receiving all sorts of bribery from tech companies (Microsoft famously gave everyone in the gaming industry a free Xbox 360 in exchange for writing nice things).

      Any rational human being world be grateful.

  • s44

    Huh. I figured the note would say "PRISM thanks you for your service."

  • dawn m. armfield

    "It looks like the new Mac Pro. Holy cow."

    He cracks me up.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's the new Mac Pro Mini. Genius!

    • serotheo

      I don't see how the bottle resembles a trash can but the cylindrical design is uncanny, or.. is it..?

  • http://avantgardian.org/ AndrewAvantgardian

    Google could pretty well not send anything at all, at least that way nobody would be disappointed haha

  • glasshole

    Why. Aren't. The. Bottles. Glass?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Glasshole disapproves.

  • RitishOemraw

    I think it is kinda clever!

    It's from glass
    What do you do with a normal glass?
    You drink out of a normal glass.....so they gave you something to drink out

    Now you can drink out of glass while recording it with glass

    Or I am overthinking it :D

  • https://twitter.com/futureuxer Christophe Blythe

    I'd love a free bottle. Especially one as elegant-looking as this one. Lost my main water bottle to the TSA. >.>

  • David Margolin

    yup... looks like the new mac pro

  • Mr. Mark

    To save everyone a few minutes, the video isn't even mildly entertaining. =

  • Fabian

    Come on guys, don't be so negative. That's for sure a very nice bottle! If you don't like it, just send it to me. I would drink some delicious water from it while dreaming about owning some Google glasses.

  • DeadSOL

    I've been looking for a good water bottle for ages! Do I have to buy Google Glass to get one of these top-of-the-line babies? :D

  • Leonardo Baez

    google the ultimate troller

  • fazillatheef

    Maybe Google secretly want to say that glass is waterproof. I mean pour some water from the bottle to the glass

  • Matt McKee

    One rumor was that it was gonna be a Chromebook. I have no idea how they came up with that.

  • TheTruthSquad

    I noticed the Haier TV in the background. I also bought one of those cheap ass TVs. I found out later it is a Chinese TV and they put a German name on it. Boy, did I feel stupid.

  • Asphyx

    Does it do Lip Recognition?

  • fredric

    I just wish I had the Glass :'(

  • Yevgeniy Gadgets-car

    What android is that bottle? 4.3? or 4.2.2?

  • mauric

    Isn't this a quite logical gift... Google want you to test glass in more places. So it gives you the bottle for exploring the wild.

  • sourabh

    google sending glass explorers a 1 pound package
    OMFG is it a t shirt or a nexus 4 or a nexus 7 or what?
    *after getting the package*
    its a fucking water bottle

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Maybe the keys are inside the bottle together with a note with the coordinates of where the car is, which you have to travel to.

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  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    Best Trolling Ever Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    I so much want to get my hands on google glass.. so many ideas to develop and still no hardware :/

  • Kuzma

    Can you put coffee in there?

  • Doug Graham

    Why didn't I get one of those?

    Oh yeah...I didn't get Google Glass yet.

  • Jesus Alvarez

    "Glass user Jesus Alvarez" lol I'm the one that posted those pics on the glass xe forums, you guys goofed my first name :(

  • Vadim Marchenko

    I think its sweet.

  • ms_gkygrl

    I'm a Glass Explorer and I didn't receive one of these. I really think they were for Explorers at the I/O conference who pre-ordered. Would have enjoyed one ... but not all Explorers got one. I DID however just get the invite to share with a friend. :)