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Google Explores: Google releasing first batch of Internet glasses

Posted Apr 18, 2013 by Marcus Hondro
The first batch of what may be the new wave in internet surfing is going out this week to 8,000 contest winners. We`re talking Google Glasses, the internet-connected glasses that you can surf the `net with while looking hip and cool.
Google glasses
Google glasses
Google, Antonio Zugaldia
For those winners picking up their glasses this week there were two catches: regardless of where they live, winners have to make their way to either New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco to pick up their glasses and - ta da - they`ll be paying 1500 bucks for their glasses. By the end of the week it`s expected that most of the proud new owners of Google Glasses will have them in their possession.
Google Glasses contest: 8,000 winners
The contest began in February and was limited to people living in the U.S.. All entrants had to do was write a 50 word essay on what they would do if they had a set and submit it through Twitter or Google’s Plus. When Google closed the contest they said they were ``overwhelmed`` by the volume of entrants. In late March the list of winners was published.
The glasses, a prototype was released to a select few computer programers last summer, have some pretty cool features. Users will be able to give voice commands to the Google glasses to do things like take photographs or record videos. Wanna do some Googling with your Google glasses? All you have to do is tell them what you want to Google.
Also called the Explorer Edition, Google does not yet know exactly when they`ll be ready for release to the general public but say it is likely to be before the end of 2014. By the time of their release they should cost from between $700 and $1500. Google, and Apple Inc., are each said to be working on internet wristwatches.