Google Glass goes on general sale in the USA
Google has today made its Glass wearable device available to anyone to buy. There are just a couple of conditions which need to be met to become one of the Google Glass ‘Explorers’ and those are; you must be a US resident with a US shipping address, be over 18, and you must be willing to stump up $1,500 for the privilege of being a beta tester for Google.
A post on the Google Glass G+ page update informs us that the firm “learned a lot” from the influx of new Explorers which arrived thanks to the single-day Google Glass general sale event in April. The post says that more people would make an even better beta program and help improve the wearable technology for future consumer launch. So buyers are also asked to help contribute to Google Glass with their experience and feedback over the next few months.
There will be issues with stock we think. In the previous one day sale Google ran out of stock so expect to wait for your order to be fulfilled if you want to go ahead. Google has had a history of wrongly estimating demand for its devices, for example the NEXUS 4 smartphone was only available in dribs and drabs after launch due to its pessimistic bean counters. (Google an LG blamed each other for that)
While we wait for Google Glass to become ready for general consumer release we also wish that mass production will improve both the quality and massively reduce the price of this eye-catching wearable tech. Just yesterday IHS analysts pegged the cost of making a single pair of Google Glass specs at $152.47 (via ZDNet). Also it commented that the parts were pretty long in the tooth, including the 45-nanometer architecture Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor. Using newer and custom built parts it could be significantly improved and made much more accessibly priced it was suggested.
This story caught the Tech Assimilator’s eye on Mashable.