Google on Tuesday announced it will be sending out invitations for its Google Glass Explorer Program and will be doing so “over the next few days.” If you’ve been participating in the company’s #ifihadglass campaign, you may be one of the lucky individuals to get a message from Google via either Google+ or Twitter.
Unsurprisingly, Google wouldn’t say how many applications it received or how many of those will be getting an invite. All we do know is that the application process has now been closed; indeed, the How to Get One page now reads as follows (we’ll let you know when it changes):
Thank you so much to everyone who applied to be a Glass Explorer. We have been overwhelmed, entertained and inspired by your responses. #ifihadglass is now closed and we will be notifying successful applicants soon. If you don’t hear from us, don’t despair! There will be more chances to get Glass at a later date.
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Google also emphasized that this program is only for consumers, but said it is “working on connecting with businesses in other ways.” It’s important to note that this doesn’t necessarily mean Google is planning on selling Glass to other companies, though that’s certainly a possibility. The company merely said it has “received great applications from businesses” but it didn’t expand on whether these firms were developing apps, were hoping to give Glass to their employees, or were looking for some other type of partnership (read: advertising).
Google says it has received “so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications” showing “how much passion there is for Glass.” While this is certainly possible, we think it’s much more likely people are simply excited by the prospect of being able to get their hands on something so new.
Whether or not the hype surrounding Glass stays is another question entirely. Getting other businesses on board, however, will certainly help in that mission.
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