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Google Glass now available to public in US, once again


On Tuesday, Google has announced that the wearable device would be made available to all consumers, only in United States, a month after the company put up its one day sale with limited stocks.google-glass-active

Last month, Google Glass was revealed to the consumers, which was first made available to developers who are called “Google Glass Explorers” and the program is in Beta mode. Google first offered about 2,000 pairs of glasses two years ago during its first sale at Google I/O 2012 while another 8,000 glasses were sold later this year. This caused a wave of availability with a wait list program and friends and last month’s sale was the first outright sale.

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Google Glass team said in a Google+ post:

We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open Beta. We’re still in Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the U.S can buy the Glass Explorer Edition.

The team also mentioned that the Glass would remain in the Explorer program until hardware and software tweaks are done by the company.

However there wont be any reduction in the price from $1500 even though its refereed as an “open beta” version. The Google Glass has been added with features like augmented reality, real-time translation tools and a recent addition of development platform on the glass to build tools with eyes instead of a smartphone.

Consumers are also in the hope that Google might release a cheaper version of the Glass. The wearable device can be purchased by U.S consumers from Google’s Online store.

In a move to motivate developers and to bring in more games for the wearable device, the company released five mini-games in early February, which includes Fruit Ninja Clone, Balance, Clay Shooter, Tennis and Matcher. The games have been developed in such a way that it utilizes the device’s voice-activation commands and sensors for gameplay.

While in January-end, Google announced the $225 upgrade option for current Glass Explorers with the prescription glasses, which uses uses feather-lite titanium material to craft the prescription glass frames with classy design with the introduction of four styles initially – Curve, Split, Bold and Thin.

Still more features to come, stay tuned for more updates.


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