Public Testing: Google Glass Available to Select Consumers

On Wednesday, Google announced it is accepting applications for people who want to try out its futuristic Google Glass eyewear. Previously, they’d only been made available to software developers, but it is clear the company wants to find out what the public thinks of the anticipated product. Additionally, Google announced more information about the product, whetting the appetite of the curious.

Google Glass will be able to “take pictures or record video hands-free, show walking directions, search the Web and send messages by voice, offer translations and show alerts like a flight delay,” details The New York Times.

Those who want a pair before they are made available to the public must apply by February 27 by writing a post on Google+ or Twitter. Applications need to be 50 words or less and contain the hashtag #ifihadglass.

“We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass,” read a company post on Google+. Those chosen will have to pay $1,500 and pick them up at events in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

“In a video released Wednesday, Google offered some of its own ideas about what to do with the glasses,” reports NYT. “A ballerina could stream live video behind the scenes and onstage, a tourist in Thailand could ask Google to translate ‘delicious’ while eating noodles on a boat or a family could video chat with a long-distance relative on her birthday.”

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