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Google Glass goes on general sale in the US for $1,500

Despite costing only $80 to build
Wed May 14 2014, 11:22

Google Glass update will offer ear bud support and ability to add lens as firms pushes capabilitiesGOOGLE HAS RELEASED its Glass augmented reality eyewear for general sale in the US, for those who have a spare $1,500.

Google said on Tuesday that, following the success of its 24-hour Google Glass sale in April, it has decided to "move to a more open beta", allowing anyone in the US to buy it while stocks last.

While we're unable to visit the store here in the UK, Google reportedly is offering four new frame designs - Split, Thin, Bold and Curve - with optional polarised shades and earbuds designed specifically for the spectacles.

Unfortunately, despite the recent revelation that the eyewear costs Google around $80 to build, the augmented reality eyewear is still priced at $1,500.

Google said in its Google+ post, "Last week we told you we'd be trying out new ways to find Explorers. Well, we weren't kidding. 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 the Explorer [Programme] while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand."

This likely hints at limited stock, with the white version of Glass having sold out in hours when it briefly went on sale last month.

"We're ready to keep meeting new Explorers, and we can't wait to hear all your experiences and feedback to continue to make Glass even better, ahead of our wider consumer release," Google added.

It's still unclear when Google Glass will be coming to the UK, but reports claim that Google likely will launch it in Blighty "later this year."

If you can't wait to get your hands on augmented reality spectacles, Adafruit last week released a tutorial showing how to make spectacles similar to Google Glass with a Raspberry Pi computer, which you can view in the video below. µ

 

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