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Google Glass is Back and Available for Anyone to Buy

If you missed the opportunity to snap up a Google Glass unit when Google briefly opened up sales to the general public last week, we’ve got good news for you. It looks like Google’s controversial HUD is back on sale and available to all those living in the United States. Initially only available to members of Google's Explorer Program, the $1,500 device seems to be almost ready for the big time.

Word started doing the rounds around lunchtime today thanks to this post over on Google Glass Geeks. Though we've yet to hear from anyone who's actually purchased, multiple people have reported success in getting as far as actually handing over payment details (though we haven't found anyone willing to plonk down $1,500 just to see if the order goes through) and we were able to do the same. Interestingly, it took us a few tries to access the store. Initial attempts spat back the familiar "That's All Folks!" message to indicate the Explorer program is full. Given the unreliable nature of the order page, we'd say this might be an accident on Google's part. If you want one, best act fast and hope your order goes through.

   

Even if today's bout of availability is short-lived or accidental, this (combined with last week's legitimate offering) does demonstrate how close Google must be to a retail version of Glass. Scheduled for its retail debut sometime this year, Google has been pretty quiet about a specific launch time frame. Hopefully the fact that Google was comfortable opening up the Explorer program to the general (American) public means that the launch is sooner rather than later.

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  • kyle382
    the prices of GG's are too d@mn high!
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  • warezme
    Ridiculous expensive and I have yet to see even one person not look like a total douche while wearing one of these. If even pretty models can't look good in it how is anyone else?
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  • bmwman91
    Maybe I should look into opening an optometry clinic. The injuries from eye muscle strain and cross-eyedness will be a cash cow.
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  • John Wittenberg
    Waiting on the contact version,
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  • sunflier
    ...I have yet to see even one person not look like a total douche while wearing one of these.

    The douche in the article pic is no exception.
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  • whiteodian
    the prices of GG's are too d@mn high!
    Totally agree. Maybe $300 might entice some people. I wouldn't spend over $300 personally.
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  • BranFlake5
    Ridiculous expensive and I have yet to see even one person not look like a total douche while wearing one of these. If even pretty models can't look good in it how is anyone else?
    ...I have yet to see even one person not look like a total douche while wearing one of these.

    The douche in the article pic is no exception.

    Why does wearing Glass make you look like a douche?

    Also, "That Guy" is Sergey Brin and he is worth over $30 Billion, also he's not a douche at all, he's a pretty chill guy.
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  • gm0n3y
    Do people really care so much about how they look? I keep hearing people complain that they make you look silly (or worse), but I honestly don't care if people think they look stupid on me. I still want them. People look stupid with bluetooth headsets on, but if they are functional then who cares.

    Of course I'm not going to buy one at the current price and feature set. I'll wait until they drop down to under $500 and have some more functionality.
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  • stevo777
    Yeah, Google Spyglass. Now Google can see what you see:)
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  • Kevin Donovan
    Now here's an interesting point of view! http://blog.tikr.me/2014/04/24/nsa-surprised/
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