Google Glass is Available to the General Public – Today Only

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Jennifer Lawrence Makes Google Glass look (somewhat) cool. IMG: via Facebook.

It’s official – Google Glass is finally available to the public as of 9:00am ET today. Google announced their plan last week, “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 wrote in a blog post.

Before today, Google Glass was only available through a limited beta-testing program, and of course, celebrities. Now, people in the United States can buy Google Glass for (high) price of $1500, but at least you can pick out your frames.To get the Glass, you have to be over 18 years of age, have a U.S. shipping address. Google has apologized to everyone else, saying it’s “just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries.”

“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,” Google said in a post on Google+ last Thursday. “…We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass.”

If you’re wanting to get the product, you better act fast. You’ll have just one day to buy it, and supplies will be limited.

Google Glass allows users to browse the web with it, take photos with nobody looking, navigate using Google maps – and pretty much anything you can do on a smartphone.

Think the price is too steep? Dean Takahashi from Venture Beat rounded up 16 amazing alternatives to Google Glass, which are all way cheaper and some of  cooler-looking. You also have more than one day to decide if you want to buy them.

Will you be going out and buying Google Glass with your tax refund today?


Only 1 in 10 Americans Say They Would Wear Google Glasses

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Img: Giuseppe Costantino via Flickr

Google Glasses are being talked about on all forms of news sites, but who is actually going to wear them? According to a new study conducted by BiTE interactive, only one in ten American smartphone users would wear these glasses regularly. While they may be very beneficial and innovative, no one really wants to walk around wearing them.

Social awkwardness and the device seeming irritating were the top reasons why people said they would not wear them out in public. Even if the glasses lowered in price from their current $1,500 sticker, about 38% of respondents said they still wouldn’t wear them. About 44% of those who stated they would wear the glasses are most excited about being able to take pictures, and 39% were excited to make phone calls.

“Google Glass represents a profound social barrier for the average consumer,” Joseph Farrell, EVP of operations at BiTE interactive, told Mashable. “At best, they see a Glass user as someone who prioritizes information access over a personal connection with others. At worst, they fear social sleights of hand: researching topics, recording video or Googling a person in mid-conversation,” he continued. “Overall, what Glass offers is combination of high social rejection with features the average person simply doesn’t value over their current smartphone.”

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