To kick off the “contest” Google launched a new Glass web site (See? No “Project” in the site name). The Spartan destination features just three links: “How it Feels,” “What It does” and most importantly, “How to Get one.”
The first link is a point-of view video (see below), compiled from dozens of Glass wearers. All we can say is that their lives look a lot more exciting than ours. The second link explains in a running gallery just what Glass does and how it works. It walks through the built-in voice recognition, on-board, hands-free video recording, voice recognition, and photo and video capture, on-the-spot shareability, helpful overlays like directions, built in search and translation, and a bit about the design.
This is also the first time we’re seeing all the color options: Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton and Sky.
The last link described the application process. Owing to the somewhat usual nature of Google Glass, this process may not be what you expect. Google wants to know what you’ll do with wearable technology. They even launched a hashtag, “#ifihadglass, but you’ll have to make your case in 50 words or less on either Google+ or Twitter (no Facebook for now).
You can enrich your plea with up to five photos and a short 15 second (max) video. Google plans on contacting winning applicants on Google+ and/or Twitter and suggests you follow “+ProjectGlass” on Google+ and “@ProjectGlass” on Twitter.
Up until now, the only people wearing Google Glass have been Google employees, developers (those who made it into the initial Explorer program) and Sergey Brin. In an email to Mashable, a Google spokesperson explained that Google is now ready to extend the Explorer program to a more “diverse group, with people from all sorts of backgrounds, hobbies, jobs and lifestyles.”
Google’s accepting applications until February 27. And, no, winners will not be receiving a free pair of the pricey eyewear. Google’s web site says, “Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1,500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.”
Are you ready to drop $1,500 and start wearing Google’s brand of a head-mounted computer?