Google to sell Glass to anyone on April 15 - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Google to sell Glass to anyone on April 15

Posted: Updated:
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion.

Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500, the same price that Google Inc. has charged for Glass since sales of the device began last year, the company said Thursday.

The April 15 sale will take place at google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one. Google isn't saying how many sets of Glass will be available during the limited-time offer.

It marks the first time that Google has made Glass available to consumers without providing them special access. More than 10,000 sets of Glass have been sold to a select group of developers, contest winners and other invitees.

This version of Glass, though, still isn't the polished product that Google hopes to release in stores later this year. Although it hasn't provided specifics, Google has indicated that the mass-market version of Glass will sell for less than $1,500. Google is expected to provide more details about its Glass plans at its annual developers' conference in late June.

For now, Google is still trying to recruit more people willing to serve as guinea pigs for its attempt build a wearable device that features some of the same features as a smartphone. The Explorer program for Glass has been serving as Google's test lab.

"Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better," Google said in a Thursday post on its Plus social networking service.

Glass looks like a pair of spectacles except the Explorer edition doesn't contain any actual glass in the frame. Instead, the device has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email, see Twitter posts or get directions without having to grope for a phone.

It can also take hands-free photos and video through voice-activated commands. The ability to record images so easily - and perhaps secretly - has raised privacy and piracy concerns and has prompted some casinos, theaters and bars to ban the use of Glass on their property. Safety concerns have also been raised about drivers wearing Glass, prodding lawmakers to draw up new rules forbidding use of the device in moving vehicles.

Google and other technology enthusiasts are hailing Glass as a breakthrough that will make it easier for people to access the Internet while on the go and cause fewer disruptions to social discourse because people won't be fumbling around with their smartphones as frequently. The device is also being touted as a potentially valuable business tool that could help police officers, fire fighters, doctors and reporters do their jobs better.

Glass is the most prominent example of wearable technology, devices that are expected to become more widespread over the next few years. There are already several smart watches on the market, and Google is working with accessory makers to release even more of those devices later this year. Apple Inc., the maker of the iPhone and iPad, is expected to unveil an "iWatch" later this year.

About 19 million pieces of wearable technology will be sold this year, more than tripling from last year, according to study released Thursday by International Data Corp. The research firm predicts the annual sales volume for wearable technology will swell to 112 million devices in 2018.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:10:56 GMT
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
  • VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:38 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:57:29 GMT
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices