Google Glass has always been an interesting piece of technology. Whether you love it or hate it you can't deny that it's an innovative take on how we as consumers interact with our data on a day to day basis. Glass began as a closed "invite only" beta called the Explorer Program, and while Google Glass is still in that Explorer state of mind, we're happy to report that Google Glass has finally reached a point where Google wanted to make the Explorer Program an open beta, meaning that the ability to become a Google Glass Explorer is open to all. Previously there have been many opportunities for individuals looking to snatch up the tech specs, from invites being sent out to Play Music All Access subscribers to individuals at a recent Players Championship golf tournament. Now the beta is simply an open beta, and not just for one day only.
Google has been saying for months that they were always looking for new ways to expand their Explorer Program and find new Explorers, and they have meant it every step of the way. While this open beta is a big step for Google Glass we have to remember that "Explorer" is still Explorer and that means that Google Glass comes with the same $1,500 price tag that it always has. There will not be any change to this price point until the wearable tech is ready for the big time and perfected to the point where Google feels like it's ready for the mass consumer market. This could still be by the end of the year as the rumors are suggesting or it could be even further out than that. What Google is attempting to do here is to get Glass into the hands of more interested individuals so that they might help improve the experience.
Google is focused on making Google Glass the best that it can be and they're still ironing out the wrinkles of the hardware and the software, but at least now anybody that wants to pick up Google Glass can do so any time they choose. As long as Google has stock on hand of course. The benefit here is that now people who might have held back due to the financial cost of Glass, can accordingly plan to pick it up when they know they'll have the extra cash without having to wonder if the opportunity to pick it up would still be there. Ready to drop down those green backs? Hit the link here to jump to the Google Glass website.