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There aren't exactly many Google Glass explorers out there, since Google has not put the $1,500 product on sale anywhere, but your chances of spotting a wearer in the wild is about to shoot up. The Glass team announced on Google+ today that over the next few weeks, all explorers will get to invite up to three friends to join the Glass Explorers program. They will still have to buy the glasses, mind you, but this means the device will soon be more accessible than it has ever been.

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In addition to this, current explorers will have the one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new unit. These models should be more accessible to people who already wear glasses, as they will support prescription frames along with future lines of shades. They will also come with a mono earbud - which, though possibly better than the current speaker, probably still won't provide all that enjoyable of a listening experience. Once things are set up, owners will have up to sixty days to register for an exchange, but the team has yet to share when they intend to get the ball rolling.

More details are coming later, but for now, here's a video made with content filmed by explorers all over the US.

Sources: Google+, FAQ

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Cole Mickens

    Damnit. Part of me is thinking: No, ignore, I don't need Glass, it's probably silly. The other part of me is screaming "Someone better fucking invite me!!!!"

    • Jdban

      $1500 is too much still. Dang. Even if I trolled around for someone to invite me, I don't think I could bring myself to spend $1500 on Glass yet :/

      • xspirits

        I heard rumors about a public price around 300-500$, that'd be really well and affordable from my personnal point of view.

        • Jdban

          That is affordable, but the invite here would likely mean $1500

          • xspirits

            yes sorry for the mistake, I was talking of the "public" version, not the upcoming updated one.

        • David Fulde

          haven;t heard a rumour for this, but 3-500 is a logical estimate I've been hearing

  • edgarwong

    "mono earbud" :( I'd hate to have something blocking my ear all day. Bone conduction seemed like an elegant solution

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I don't think the earbud will replace the conduction speaker. Their post says "and we'll also include a mono earbud" like it's a bonus toss-in, not a mandatory item.

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        I hope so, because what if I want to listen to music with proper headphones but not take off the google glasses seeing as they're getting prescription support now.

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    I still think I am owed this.

  • valapsp

    is the nerd edition coming?

  • http://www.drusepth.net Andrew Brown

    Can't wait to see how the prescription model looks.

    And invites means maybe Google will finally let me throw my money at them.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Bertel, I just want you to know that I just read your little bio thing and had to look up the City of Bridges. Then I smacked myself in the forehead as I realized that I'm typing this from my office in the city. I've lived in Pittsburgh for four years now and I had no idea it was called the City of Bridges... makes sense, I guess.

  • mesmorino

    All I'm saying is if I had $1500 the last thing I'd spend it on would be a glorified trinket that's what tv tropes calls an Obvious Beta. Off the top of my head: Dump it into my student loan, dump it into my credit card, travel, buy a car, in descending order of priority. I've got a date com algumas meninas com bundas grandes no Brasil.

    • jacob

      you're a douchebag.

      • mesmorino

        And you're a gigantic moron.

  • Cherokee4Life

    I am just trying to figure out what Tech news editor/reporter that has one to buddy up to in the next few days..

  • gumbald

    US residents only. Still...

    • RitishOemraw

      Ofc, those are the only kind of residents that matter

      to Google in a beta program of new hardware which is probably too much of a bother to license for use in many other countries without such a proper beta testing.

      That being said: BRING IT OUTSIDE OF US NOAW!!!!

  • RitishOemraw

    I should've bought Google Glass and now sold the extra 3 invites for 500 a pop :D

  • Matthew Fry

    10000 explorers / 313.9M people = 0.003% chance.
    40000 explorers / 313.9M people = 0.012% chance!
    I just need to meet 3.7M people to find one now!

  • Lou .

    Sooo... Anyone want to help a brother out get his own Glass?

    Willing to trade Ingress Invites for a Glass invite (I know they are not rare anymore, but hell why not try?)

  • Ali A

    you guys only have 14 days to decide who you are willing to give the invitation, please considering me, only one!

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