GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that interested people in the US will soon have an opportunity for one day to buy its digitally augmented Glass eyewear.
The smart eyewear has been available to so-called "Glass Explorers", numbering around 30,000, for some time. However, Google announced on Thursday that for 24 hours on 15 April, anyone with a US address and $1,500 burning a hole in their pocket can join the fun.
Rumours of the scheme started circulating last night, and were confirmed by Google, somewhat ahead of schedule, on its Google+ webpage for Glass.
"Whoops. So... we'd planned to post this next week, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now."
It Added, "We're excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts about Glass."
The price equates to around £895, but that's almost irrelevant because, as Google clearly said, "To everyone outside the US... we know. Sorry :( We're just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries."
Don't be sad though. The truth is, this is something of a gimmick and the latest chapter of the beta programme rather than a public release.
With the price staying at $1,500 plus taxes, a figure that is generally agreed to be far higher the eventual retail price, this appears to be simply a way to build the beta programme from a larger pool.
For anyone who is interested though, don't hang about. Although the promotion will begin at 6am PDT on 15 April for 24 hours, supplies are limited and the device, with your choice of shade or prescription frame, will be sold on a first come, first served basis. µ