WIRED EYEWEAR MAKER Google sold out of white Glass spectacles in just a few hours when it placed the gadget on sale to anyone in the US that wanted one.
Access to Google goggles has been quite limited, and the one day release was expected to be very popular, even though it was still limited to people in the US with $1,500 that they wanted to spend on augmented reality eyewear.
"Whoops. So... we'd planned to post this next week, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now," said Google last week. "We're excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts about Glass."
Google apparently has met a lot of new Explorers, as it only took a few hours to hit its social networking accounts and Google+ with news that the gadgets were selling out.
"Wow, what a morning! We're happy to see so many new faces (and frames) in the Explorer [Programme]," it said early on in the sales bonanza. "Just a quick update that - ack - we've sold out of Cotton (white), so things are moving really fast."
The one day special is over now and wannabe explorers are left to hold smartphones or tablets in front of their eyes and think about what might have been.
"That's all, folks. We're out of spots in the Explorer [Programme] for now, but may have more to share soon. Sign up below to stay updated. To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind. And that's what Glass Explorers do," it now says in a post on the sign-up webpage.
"They are the first to make, to tinker, to create, to shape, and to share through Glass. We're expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the [programme]." µ