Google Glass Explorers Program: how much are you ready to pay to be cool?
So last Wednesday, I got a tweet from Google’s Project Glass:
@tonalfreak You’re invited to join our #glassexplorers program. Woohoo! Make sure to follow us – we’ll DM in the coming weeks.
— Google Glass (@googleglass) March 27, 2013
I had, indeed, “applied” to Google Glass by sending a tweet (including #ifIhadglass) back in February: it seemed like a great tool to provide a unique live music/interview/behind the scenes experience to the reader of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. It was only upon reception of the tweet that I discovered that being invited to join the Glass Explorers program meant that I actually had to pay $1,500 (+ tax) for them. Hmm… OK? But I already wear glasses (albeit “dumb” ones). Well, with Glass it will be possible to add frames and lenses that match one’s prescription, but … this feature won’t be ready for the Explorer Edition’s release!
So what do we have here:
- a $1,500 fee that I didn’t expect for testing and publicly talking about/using a new product (that was stupid of me, of course)
- no way to accommodate my prescription meaning that I’d have to buy some contact lenses: I don’t really want to buy contact lenses since they are basically polymers, and polymers are forever
- a range of features we don’t know much about:
- record a video (what can I do with this video? can I download this footage somewhere and edit it?),
- take a photo (see video),
- send a message (is it an SMS? a message on Google+? can I tweet from Glass? connect with Facebook? post as my Google+ page?),
- directions (which 4G network will I be using? will AT&T let me tether via Bluetooth to my iPhone?),
- translate your voice (well, that’s going to be fun with my French accent),
- wikipedia stuff on the spot (ultimate win at trivia nights).
Is it me or the price tag is way too high for a product that does nothing more than my iPhone—which is never more than 3 feet away from me anyway? Of course, this is probably not an issue for the vast number of celebrities that were invited to join the program: Neil Patrick Harris, Soulja Boy, Alyssa Milano, or even… Newt Gingrich (tentative list of winners). I am waiting to see what the community of Glass Explorers will do/say but my guess is that most of them will be OK with paying for the cool factor. Or I might just get disqualified for writing this post?