Google to sell Glass to public next week

SAN FRANCISCO Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:02am IST

Developer Maximiliano Firtman wears the prototype device Google Glass before a news conference ahead of the 2013 RigaComm event in Riga November 4, 2013. RigaComm will run from November 22 to 24. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Developer Maximiliano Firtman wears the prototype device Google Glass before a news conference ahead of the 2013 RigaComm event in Riga November 4, 2013. RigaComm will run from November 22 to 24.

Credit: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

Related Topics

Stocks

   

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOGL.O) will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public.

For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program.

In a blogpost, Google did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited.

"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," the company said on a Thursday blogpost.

"That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass."

Many tech pundits expect wearable devices to go mainstream this year, extending smartphone and tablet capabilities to gadgets worn on the body, from watches to headsets. Google has run campaigns in the past to drum up public involvement, including inviting people to tweet under the hashtag #ifihadglass for a chance to buy a pair of the glasses.

Google Glass has raised privacy concerns, prompting some legislators to propose bans on the gadget.

(Reporting by San Francisco Newsroom; Editing by Richard Chang)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Reuters Showcase

Huge Demand

Huge Demand

Apple receives record pre-orders for new iPhones.  Full Article 

Deal Talk

Deal Talk

Microsoft to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion.  Full Article 

New Practices

New Practices

Startups go Dutch for new era in manufacturing.  Full Article 

Alibaba IPO

Alibaba IPO

Alibaba to boost IPO size on "overwhelming" demand - sources.  Full Article 

Apple's HealthKit

Apple's HealthKit

Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work.  Full Article 

App Watch

App Watch

Apps help brides track down the perfect bridal gown.  Full Article 

Electric Cars

Electric Cars

Exclusive: Nissan faces battery plant cuts as electric car hopes fade.  Full Article 

Reuters Insight

Reuters Insight

Simon Xie: Jack Ma's unassuming lieutenant at Alibaba.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage