Google Glass is now available to the public, but will anyone buy it?

Becca Caddy Google, Wearables Leave a Comment

Today Google has launched its highly-anticipated eyewear device, Google Glass, to the masses. But how many will cough up the cash for the controversial new wearable?

If you weren’t one of the “chosen ones” (officially known as Explorers) to trial Glass early AND didn’t get up in time for the exclusive 24 hour sale, then today is the first time you’ll have been able to get your hands on a pair of Google Glass.

According to a post on the tech giant’s Google+ page, the Explorer programme is still continuing, but now anyone can join:

“We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta. We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand.”

But hold on Google fan boys and girls. There are two big catches here. The first is you have to be US-based to buy the new wearable. The second may come as a shock to those who assumed the Glass would come down in price as time went on, because it’ll still cost you a pretty hefty $1,500.

Although Google explains it’s still in a “more open beta” stage of its Glass project, we’re fascinated to see what more “regular” (and not to mention rich!) people think of the device over the next few weeks as they try it out for themselves.

By Becca Caddy | May 14th, 2014