Google Glass Release Date: #ifihadglass Contest Winners Chosen, Could You Be One? [REPORT]
Google Glass #ifihadglass contest ended earlier this month and the winners have been decided. The Google Glass contest allows consumers to get a chance to use the search company's headset. Some have criticized #ifihadglass for the fact that winners still have to pay $1,500 before being able to use the device. Read on for more information about Google Glass contest winners of #ifihadglass.
The Mountain View company announced on their Google Plus Glass profile that the winners to their contest have been chosen. Google will be sending invitations out to their Explorer Program through their social network as well as through Twitter. Businesses were not allowed to participate in the Google Glass #ifihadglass contest, though the company expressed interest in getting Glass in the hands of businesses someday.
Google Glass has been the subject of much attention as of late. Google's piece of wearable tech is unlike anything we've seen from other companies' wearable technologies. Pebble recently released their Pebble watch and Apple has been rumored to be in production of a smart watch, but few companies with the resources of Google have worked on glasses-style devices.
Google Glass is set to release during or before the holiday season of 2013. It is unknown at what pricepoint Google's glasses will retail for, but the company says the price will be lower than $1,500. Google Glass allows users to snap photos, record videos, and view maps and notifications right on the headset's screen. The device connects to one's cell phone via Bluetooth and comes in a variety of colors. Google released a video showcasing Glass's features.
See a preview of the company's Google Plus post winner announcement or click here to read it:
A few weeks ago we revealed that we were seeking Explorers to help us shape the future of Glass. To do that, we asked people across Google+ and Twitter to tell us what they would do #ifihadglass . We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response! There were so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications. We've certainly learned a lot through this whole process and it's inspiring to hear how much passion there is for Glass.
Now for the really exciting bit... we know you've all been waiting patiently, which is why we're pleased to announce that the results are in. Over the next few days we'll be sending out invitations to our Explorer Program through Google+ and Twitter. So, keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass to see if you've been invited.
We also want to call out that we received great applications from businesses. At the moment, our Explorer Program is only for individuals. However, we are working on connecting with businesses in other ways.
1.They're probably gonna be expensive. The price will definitely go down, but boy will it cost a lot at first. An interesting step for a company who usually releases products for (low cost at times, but usually) free. If you come out on top in Google's contest, you win a pair for free are allowed to buy the device for $1,500 plus tax. Lucky us.
2. Pretty much everything you can do with these glasses can be done right now: sharing video, map functionality, voice control, etc. The difference being you wear it on your head. This is cool because a) who doesn't want a computer for their face, but b) because it frees up your hands, allowing you to do things that in the past (read: now) you'd only be able to do with one hand on the smartphone -- not to mention your attention. Assigning the computer a glasses metaphor allows you to use a computer and live your life a little more seamlessly.
3. Google will have a ton of info on people that use Glass. You thought they knew a ton about you now? Google search and Gmail were just the tip of the iceberg. They can already go everywhere you go via Android phones. Once they can see everything you do, Google might end up being the most omnipresent tech company. Whether that's good or bad, I'll let you decide.
4. People are already walking around using the device. Not just Google people spotted at bars or skydiving demos, but fashionistas walking down the runway. Despite the fact that some people have it already, its going to look really awkward at first. Like, really awkward. The video below has models wearing Google's device, even they don't even look normal with it (and they're hotter than all of us). How can we be expected to wear Glass if society still hasn't even accepted the bluetooth headset? Luckily for Glass, people are conditioned to see others don something similar in glasses. With time, it may become the norm.
The most important thing to know is that we'll never know what this kind of technology will give way to once it's released. Who would've guessed that as soon as we got smartphones with amazing cameras that vintage-looking photos would be the trend. Who could've imagined that once we were able to make video calls to anyone anywhere in the world for free that we'd mainly communicate using messages 160 characters or less (140 if you're tweeting). Only when we have a technology in abundance do we get a real glimpse of how people will use it.
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