After months of waiting I finally received my invitation to join the Google Glass Explorer program. An email arrived today with the special link and code to dive into one of the most exciting tech projects of my generation.
The welcome image. I've seen Google Glass on my excursions to California for industry events and two people at CES. While odd looking and easy to notice, I don't feel uncomfortable around people wearing the small computer with a heads up display on. Most of the time I wonder what they have on the screen. Soon I will know, this is the reason I've kept and paid for unlimited bandwidth on my grandfathered Verizon plan even though I rarely use more than a couple hundred megabytes of data per month. The possibilities are endless, from a real-time GPS map of the CES floor to recording my motorcycle adventures, this is going to be fun. I do have to wonder though, will Google Glass become an integrated part of my daily routine or be another novelty product like my Wicked Lasers.
The first item on the ordering page caught me by surprise. Google Glass now comes in colors. Till now, every Glass I've seen was white. You get a couple of options here, five colors and the option of a sun shade. The price is the same with or without the sun glass like optics so I tossed it on the order.
According to the order page, you receive the Glass Exployer Edition, AKA the glasses, a sun shade, mono ear bud for audio, carrying pouch and charger with cable.
A number of accessories are also available for purchase separately. The notice that states options are available for units purchased after 10/28 means at some point Google changed the design.
After the purchase new links open up to get you started. A handful of detailed videos act as an electronic manual.
Google Glass costs $1500 but my final price after taxes totaled $1605. The price is steep but the excitement alone justifies the purchase. I didn't even give it a second thought.