Those who consider themselves “bold, creative individuals”, has a spare $1500 plus some, and follow the terms and conditions of the agreement, are invited to apply through Google+ and Twitter for their chance to become Google Glass Explorers. Personal relationship with Jesus is not required, which makes it easier for most.
Carefully selected winners of an online competition, 8000 of them, will then personally attend a “special pick-up experience” in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to collect their prize – Google Spectacular Spectacles. Great name, don’t you think? Google calls them Google Glass, which sounds disappointingly bland to me. On the other hand, voice command OK, Spectacular Spectacles! How do I say Sweet in Swahili? might be a bit cumbersome to yell while you are parachuting down to Google Earth from Google Skies.
As Google admits, “We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting.” The bold, creative individuals are going to see for themselves just how imperfect, and twit about the level of their excitement.
Perhaps, Google hopes to get more positive early buzz from die-hard fans who paid, twitted and won, rather than harping skeptics who didn’t. No fun being a dork unless you have to pay $1,500 for the privilege! (a random comment under the related article in The Guardian).
Quite a few parody videos have popped up on YouTube since the announcement and the official How It Feels [through Glass] video.
Should Google Image become a feature of Google Glass, there might be problems as well. Take a look at the image below, for example (not anything you’d find in my house — my plans are never this neglected):
When a blogger plugged it into the Google Image, helpful Google found this:
And I freshened up my long neglected Smile page with 2 new cartoons.