Want Google Glass? Win a Contest and then Pay for It Yourself

Back in April 2012 we wrote about an augmented reality project out of Google called Project Glass—an invention so hip it’s like wearing a Segway on your face. After nearly a year of catching top Google executives sporting their Google Glass headsets at swank conferences and ultra-secret parties for the rich and famous, Google has unveiled an updated demo video that gives us mere mortals a better idea of what this magical-face-device is capable of.

The demo video, entitled “How it feels [through Glass]” shows us typically cheery and adventurous people doing brave and exciting things all through the perspective of someone wearing the headset. They go hang-gliding, sky-diving, airplane-flying, ice-carving, car-driving, bubble-blowing, child-swinging, ice-skating, snake-taming, rollercoaster-riding, snow-boarding, ping-ponging, sword-fighting, marching-banding, cat-walking, and horse-riding (among other activities) all while using their Glass headset to record videos, search Google, take pictures, translate languages, video chat, and give directions.

While Google is looking to start shipping Glass by early 2014, they’ve recently opened up their developer program in the form of an online contest. The future winners of the contest are affectionately called Glass Explorers. If you want in, all you have to do is publicly apply by using Twitter or Google+ to create a post including the hashtag #ifihadglass.

Google has some further specifications: “Your application must be 50 words or less; You must include #ifihadglass in your application; You can include up to 5 photos with your application; and You can include a short video (15 secs max).”

But even if you win the contest by demonstrating your undying love for Google Glass, you don’t win a Glass headset. No. All winners will be eligible to then purchase the headset for $1500 plus tax. And after that, you will need to physically go to LA, San Francisco, or New York to pick your headset up and go through orientation.


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