Getting a big tax return and not sure what to do with it? For just $1,500 (plus tax), you can join the exclusive face-computer club whose members are often referred to as “Glassholes.”
On Tuesday, Google is loosening the velvet reins of the “Explorer” program and letting anyone plunk down the cash for Google Glass. Google will even throw in a free sunglass shade or lens frame.
“Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. But every day we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too”
Until now, the privilege of owning the controversial face computer has been reserved to participants in smaller campaigns. When the product launched at Google I/O in 2012, 2,000 pre-orders were accepted. Then last year the company doled out about 8,000 Google Glasses to winners of the #ifihadglass Twitter campaign. Now any old "mom or baker" can join the club.
For those Glass wearers worried that their elite status will be tarnished by an influx of randoms, don’t worry -- this egalitarianism is strictly limited. The sale is a one-day-only event, and supplies are limited. After April 15, Google Glass will return to being a symbol of the geek elite. As Wired’s Mat Honan writes, “Glass is a class divide on your face.”