Google's glasses are up for grabs ... sort of

News Stacy Warden 07:21, Feb 21 2013

Google to release 8,000 test pairs of its AR glasses at $1,500 a pop -- but first you have to convince the company you're worthy

Google's augmented-reality (AR) glasses (officially known as "Glass") may seem downright strange to some, but the sci-fi looking specs could very well soon be the norm. The search giant plans to release 8,000 test pairs of its glasses for folks with the most persuasive arguments ... and those who also just happen to have an extra $1,500 to burn. Yes, that's how much it'll cost you to do a favor for Google (by the way, that doesn't include tax). But you'll be all geek-chic and cutting edge, so who cares if that's entire month's rent?

Money aside, you'll have to do some serious arm twisting here. Google isn't looking for just any run of the mill nerd to sport its snazzy, high-tech spectacles. No, no. As the company noted in its announcement Wednesday, you must be a "bold" and "creative individual" in order to test Glass (forget that we'll all look like a bunch of lemmings if/when these things finally hit the mass market).

Google is handling applications for potential "Glass Explorers" (seriously, somebody at Google has been watching too much Nick Jr.) via Google+ and Twitter. Thousands of posts were made on the heels of the announcement, but don't fret -- you still have until Wednesday, Feb. 27 to tell Google why it should take all of your money in exchange for a tiny piece of futuristic fashion.

"We'd love to make everyone an Explorer, but we're starting off a bit smaller," Google noted in a statement. "We're still in the early stages, and while we can't promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting." The chosen few (read: thousands) will have to attend a "special pick-up experience" in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to snag their shiny new specs. 

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