If you’ve been dying to wear the Internet on your face but weren’t chosen to be a Google Glass Explorer,
consider your social life saved your chance has finally arrived.
For April 15 only, Google will make the “Explorer” version of Glass — previously only available to select geeky recipients — available to all of us plebes. The Glass will go on sale online at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, available to anyone with U.S. citizenship and a casual $1,500 to shell out.
Are you getting bullied by all your geeky friends because you applied to be a Google Glass Explorer, but didn’t get chosen? Now you can trick your tormenters by ordering a 3D-printed totally fake Google Glass replica. (Or better yet, go out and find a new friend group.)
The product, not-so-catchily named “Google Glass Replica Fake MK3,” is a $59.44 piece of plastic that looks like Glass, but isn’t equipped with a computer of any kind. In other words, users get to experience all the appearance-related disadvantages of Google Glass, without getting to enjoy any of its groundbreaking technology. Cool! The replica is available for purchase on Shapeways.com, an online marketplace where users can create, buy and sell 3D-printed products.
Google Glass may be a world-changing tech innovation, but the device is having a hard time breaking into the mainstream. It could be the $1,500 price tag. It could be the questionable sanity and social skills of the people wearing it. And it could just be how dorky it looks.
So Google’s making yet another bid to de-dorkify the face computer by partnering with the jarringly named “Luxottica,” which is not an upscale porn company, but an eyewear brand that owns Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol, Elle reports.
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Glass wearers: they’re just like us! At least, that’s what Google is desperate for us to think.
Last Thursday, the company published a Google Plus post called “The Top 10 Google Glass Myths,” wherein they attempt to correct people’s supposedly misguided views on the goofy-looking technology.
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
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A group of bullies allegedly attacked a woman for wearing Google Glass at a Bay Area bar this week.
The woman, Sarah Slocum, was at Molotov’s on Haight Street showing someone her Google Glass, CBS reports. Then, two women confronted her, and a man ripped the Glass off her face. Someone also stole her purse and phone, CBS said.
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. Read More
In a serious case of IT’S ABOUT GOSH DARN TIME, Google has finally released an etiquette guide for acceptable Glass-wearing behavior.
Google wrote the guide based on advice it collected from its esteemed class of “Explorers,” a.k.a. all those geeks strutting around smugly because they got face computers before everybody else.
In case you were worrying that the airport checkin experience couldn’t become anymore invasive, Virgin Atlantic is going to alleviate those fears. The airline announced last night that it’s integrating Google Glass into the “passenger experience” as part of a trial program.
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen couldn’t handle the attention so he pulled the popular game offline. [Gizmodo]
Everyone settle down, the NYPD only has two pairs of Google Glass on hand and aren’t deployed in the field. [WSJ]
After his obnoxious comments about blaming “distressed babies” for rising costs, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong reversed his stance on the company’s 401(k) plan. [Washington Post]
Just 20 percent of traffic to Wikipedia is delivered via mobile devices and they’re trying to fix that. [New York Times]
There’s a trailer for HBO’s new Silicon Valley-themed show, uh, Silicon Valley. It’s very Mike Judge which is a good thing. [Recode]