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Google Project Glass Explorer Edition: $1500, Shipping 2013

By - Source: The Verge | B 19 comments

The price you pay for being an early adopter.

We can't be the only ones fascinated by Google's Project Glass. Ever since the company announced it earlier this year, we've been dying to learn more about it and hoping that it would make it to production very, very soon. Sadly, during Google I/O yesterday, the search giant revealed that Project Glass won't be arriving on the consumer market for a while. However, if you're really desperate to get your hands on the technology, there is a way.

 

Google yesterday announced that an Explorer edition of Google Glass would be coming in 2013. The Verge reports that Google is eager to get the technology into people's hands and is offering attendees at Google I/O the chance to be among the first outside of Google to own a pair of these special glasses. The company opened up pre-orders for Google Glass Explorer Edition and is charging $1500 per pair. Delivery is scheduled for next year.

So if you have a friend at Google I/O and are willing to drop some serious cash to be an early adopter, then you know what to do. Otherwise, you'll have to wait a while longer before you can strut down the street in a pair. Let's just hope the consumer version isn't to expensive when it launches.

And just because it was such an over-the-top demo, here's Google's demo of Glass at I/O:

Google Glass I/O Demo

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    Camikazi , June 28, 2012 8:30 PM
    graysonivI hate people like you.

    Any specific person or just people in general?
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    southernshark , June 28, 2012 8:06 PM
    "Let's just hope the consumer version isn't to expensive when it launches."

    Too expensive............

    Not to expensive.

    As for the product....I'll be sure to buy a pair before I go skydiving.
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    graysoniv , June 28, 2012 8:20 PM
    I hate people like you.
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    Camikazi , June 28, 2012 8:30 PM
    graysonivI hate people like you.

    Any specific person or just people in general?
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    eddieroolz , June 28, 2012 8:31 PM
    For $1500 it better offer x-ray vision for...you know ;) 

    Saving the planet, of course!
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    silver565 , June 28, 2012 8:36 PM
    Looks cool. It'd be amazing if you could incorporate maps etc into the view
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    kcorp2003 , June 28, 2012 8:38 PM
    i'll buy this... just to video tape random people on NYC subway without them knowing. i'll be a such a perv with a technology like this.
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    tntom , June 28, 2012 9:25 PM
    For $1500 you are getting a lot! These are expensive prototypes with a software development kit. These are not the release to retail devices. You also get special status with Google as a developer. Plus Google will probably give you the retail version for free when ever they decide to come out with it. They have a lot of legal hurdles to clear to get these to market.

    So don't complain about price! Or you should not be reading Toms!
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    illfindu , June 28, 2012 9:52 PM
    Tntom is right for all intensive purposes this price means NOTHING , this is like a high end buy in to a VERY exclusive beta test. There is going to be special support , development kits * keep in mind that if these things use apps which we know they will getting a head start on app development could be worth litterly hundreds of thousands if they become a hit. In my opinion this is less about buying a new toy and more like buying a license for like visual basic studio you get the product but you get better support , updates, access to api's and service. Dont get me wrong I don't think they will be cheap probly $600-$900 * there will be a HUGE price drop because of cost of production as well right now they are making what maybe 200? that makes cost per unit VERY high*. To make it clear I'm in no way defending $1500 for these items as retail what my point is , is that this preorder is very different then any thing us consumers will ever see. Imagine what apple would charge to get in on prototype iphones before release $10k and dont laugh sites like gizmodo pay a couple grand for pics of them lol
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    dalethepcman , June 28, 2012 10:34 PM
    If this project takes off like I think it will then the cellular phone market will be forever changed and possibly replaced in a matter on months. Selling these developer models for $1500 a pop is chump change. If this is executed properly it will change the world. For better or worse is yet to be seen..
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    Dandalf , June 28, 2012 11:22 PM
    It'd be so funny if Apple thinks it's post-PC era is getting started, then Google comes along with this and begins the "post iDevice era"
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    Anonymous , June 28, 2012 11:33 PM
    Can they show a picture of someone who already wears spectacles... wearing Google Glass?

    I'd like to see how they integrate.

    It would be pretty sad if Google is just ignoring the spectacle-owning folks.
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    whimseh , June 29, 2012 12:05 AM
    "eager to get the technology into people's hands"

    yes clearly this will be getting to a lot of people at $1,500.. what a waste, more like
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    Andy Chow , June 29, 2012 12:23 AM
    I don't have an idea what the device really does (vs the original demo).

    Can you read email? Maybe. Look at the device. It's just over one eye, which might be annoying. Then can you read a map, with graphics and so on? I'm just not convinced. Screen looks like a tiny tiny thing, over just one eye.

    If it's just a glorified camera, I'm out. I think this is something I actually need to have on my head and see if the display is acceptable.
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    alidan , June 29, 2012 12:59 AM
    i have to see what the hell this looks like when warring it. so far only videos they shown have been dramatizations, stick a camera to the lens so we can see what it looks like in real life.

    thats my only gripe with it so far.
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    killerclick , June 29, 2012 1:56 AM
    So far, this looks like it's just a head mounted camera. Google should prove it does more than that.
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    bspatial , June 29, 2012 3:20 AM
    I think this is a nice gadget while having sex, don't you think?
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    bebangs , June 29, 2012 5:37 AM
    it's not an eye glass... it's not even a glass.
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    caparc , June 29, 2012 11:37 AM
    The glasses depend on having a lot of cell phone bandwidth. The cell phone companies are getting stingy with bandwidth.
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    ojas , June 29, 2012 8:31 PM
    DandalfIt'd be so funny if Apple thinks it's post-PC era is getting started, then Google comes along with this and begins the "post iDevice era"

    They've begun the eyeDevice era ;-)
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