Google’s human cyborg Glass project will take further shape later this month when the company sends out the Explorer Edition to early testers. The futuristic wearable tech, which was unveiled by Google last year, promises to completely change how we experience our daily lives. Instead of having your hands firmly grasped around a smartphone or two, Glass will bridge that gap between our growing social disconnect and digital dependency.
“This month Google hopes to ship Glass Explorer Edition, designed for the first people to examine the potential uses of Glass,” a Google spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Developers can tinker with Glass and consumers can try it out in the real world.”
Forget the potential of the technology: how will people realistically react to people wearing Glass out in public? Curiosity, disgust, apathy, intolerance. How long before one of these early devices goes missing? Glass is expected to cost around $1,500 when it’s released to consumers later this year, so the fee of admission certainly isn’t cheap. With early access provided to developers, it’ll be exciting to see what possibilities are thought up.
The practical applications we’ve seen so far are quickly replying to texts and snapping quick photos, among other handy uses. Google will definitely need to work on the aesthetics of the product itself; the concept isn’t exactly foreign, but an existing product certainly is. We’re approaching the halfway point of April, so the arrival of Glass is nearly upon us if Google can keep to its expected release.