It'll be a while before Google Glass goes on sale to the masses, but those who were lucky enough to make it into the Glass Explorer program will get their hands on the device well before it goes on general sale. According to TechCrunch, Google has confirmed that it hopes to get the Glass hardware into the hands of developers "within the next month."
The shipment should arrive in time for Google I/O, which kicks off in mid-May. It's likely that Google will focus heavily on Glass for I/O 2013. Glass was afforded quite a bit of the limelight at Google I/O last year, too, and developers were offered the chance to register their interest in the project at that point. It's likely that this year will focus a bit more on the developer side of the product, as last year was more an introduction to Glass and what it is capable of.
Google launched an early adopter program in late February. The program saw Google pick 'winners' for the Explorer Program from comments posted to Twitter and Google+. Those who were accepted had to commit to going to a Google Glass event in either New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to pick up their unit.
The Google Glass Explorer Edition costs $1,500, but a consumer model will be out at the end of the year and will be priced much more competitively.