Google quietly chooses Project Glass early adopters, and then takes it back for a few

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Google has quietly chosen and notified winners of the #ifihadglass contest, in which the search giant plans to give a few select enthusiasts the opportunity to try out Google Glass before anyone else. The contest began on February 20 and lasted for a week, and entries were cast by tweeting or posting on Google+, using the the hashtag #ifihadglass.

Around 8,000 winners were chosen and notified through Google+ or Twitter, with a promise for more details on picking up the coveted accessory in the coming weeks. Winners of the contest are still responsible for paying $1,500 for the privilege, along with picking up the eyewear in person in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

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Not everyone is lucky enough to stay in the program, though. Shortly after reaching out to winners, at least two got their invitations revoked.

Of course, I’m not complaining that Google is rejecting the applications of those who aren’t taking Google Glass seriously. But a lot of people put a lot of thought and creativity in their applications, so it does seem like a shame that Google obviously didn’t even read all of them before announcing the winners.

In any case, we’re all very excited over here about all of the possibilities that Google Glass brings to the table. This is something we’ll definitely keep our eyes on (pun intended), so be sure to stick around for more Glass coverage.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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3 thoughts on “Google quietly chooses Project Glass early adopters, and then takes it back for a few

  • Avatar of Mikesan

    I am extremely excited to hear that somebody at pocketables (GandE) is getting there mitts on a GLASS!!! I have been anticipating glass since they hinted at it last year.

    I am bummed by the $1500 price tag, my 3d tv cost less than that.

    When you get it here are somethings i really would like to know.

    1. how usable is the UI? As in do you find yourself interacting with it regularly or just as a information display.

    2. when you use it do you feel funny doing so? Many people i know with iPhones talk about siri, but never to siri when around others or in public.

    3. How connected to a device does it have to be? I’m hoping that it is a more standalone product but with heavy connected features and does not require a android phone to make it usable.

    4. (as with anything these days) How is the Battery life? the one thing wearable computing has against it is that when plugged in to charge it becomes unusable. a watch with a cable running out if it hinders movement, a cable hanging from glasses tends to pull them to the side and feels like a leash. To overcome those issues is to take it off to charge, and then it isn’t wearable.

    Again I’m super excited to read your adventures with GLASS. A story about your cross-country trek to pick it up should be a good and entertaining read.

  • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

    Paying $1500 to beta test something… Honestly I wish people would just flip Google off for that level of arrogance.

    • Avatar of William Devereux

      Yeah, that is kind of strange. At first I thought it was cool that two of our editors “won.” Then I realized it wasn’t so much a cool gift as a permission to buy it before everyone else.


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