Tech types and gadget geeks have been counting down the days until they could get their hands on a pair of Google's super high-tech and crazy-futuristic Google Glass augmented reality glasses -- but no one has had any idea how many days they would be counting down. No specific release date has ever been announced for Google Glass, and the glasses are being tested in Google's secret labs whilst occasionally appearing in public on some high-level Google executive's face.
You finally have an opportunity to get yourself a pair of the science-fiction "smart glasses" with tiny built-in computers. In fact, you can be among the anointed, lucky few who are testers of Google Glass -- with your ideas and feedback going into the final product.
All you need is $1,500 and a solid reason for why they should be yours.
Google is making Google Glass available to a handful of lucky testers in the United States. They're making it into a little contest -- applicants are asked to submit ideas via Google+ or Twitter explaining what sort of wild and unique ways they would use their smart glasses out in the wild. Winners do have to pay the full retail price of $1,500 to get the glasses.
"We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass," Google says on the contest website. "We’d love to make everyone an Explorer, but we’re starting off a bit smaller."
See, they're calling the testers "Explorers." If you want to be one of these Explorers, you have until Feb. 27 (just one week!) to submit your ideas via Google+ or Twitter.
Winners will be picked based on "how creative, compelling, original, useful and influential the applications and their proposed uses for Glass are and how broad a spectrum of user interaction they would provide."
It's not hard to apply -- you have 50 words or less to explain what sort of interesting things you would do while wearing Google Glass. You can include pictures or video with your description. Entries are submitted via Twitter or Google+ and you have to include the hashtag #ifihadglass.
It is hard, however, to be a winner -- you have to pay the $1,500 up front in advance if you're selected. You have to show up in person at a "special pick-up experience" in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. In other words, you have to be there in person at a specific date and time.