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February 20, 2013

Google Seeking ‘Creative’ Individuals for Glass Explorer Program

Deadline for Applications is Feb. 27

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Google is giving consumers a chance to help “shape the future” of its wearable computing device Google Glass.

Google is seeking “bold, creative individuals to become” Glass Explorers, the company announced in a blog post today (Feb. 20).

The Glass Explorer Program is a bid to get feedback about the futuristic, titanium-framed spectacles while they are still in development.

“Glass is still in the early stages, so we expect there will be some twists and turns along the way,” the blog post reads. “While we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting. We’d love to make everyone a Glass Explorer, but we’re starting a bit smaller.”

Source: Google+ A model wears Glass, Google's new wearable computing device.

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A model wears a pair of Google Glasses.

How to Apply

Using Google+ or Twitter, applicants are asked to explain what they would do if they had Glass. Starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass, the application must be 50 words or less. Applicants can include up to five photos and a video clip not exceeding 15 seconds. Applicants must be 18 or older and living in the U.S.

To apply to be an Explorer, click here. The deadline is Feb. 27.

Those chosen to be Explorers will be required to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1,500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

A Glimpse of Glass

In conjunction with the launch of its Glass Explorer Program, Google also released a two-minute-and-16-second peek at what Google Glass, can do.

This is the second video released by the technology giant showcasing its computerized spectacles.

While the first video simply featured a New Yorker running errands in the city, the new clip, dubbed How it Feels (through Glass), showcases just what Google Glass can do as seen through the eyes of a skydiver, ballerina, equestrian, pilot, figure skater, catwalk model, fencer, fire juggler, a woman on a roller coaster and a downhill skier to name a few.

Google Glass project head Babak Parviz says the search engine company’s research team is continually working on new ideas for the device.

“There’s a lot of experimentation going on at all times in Google,” he told IEEE Spectrum in an interview last month.

“We’re also trying to make the platform more robust. This includes making the hardware more robust and the software more robust, so we can ship it to developers early this year.”

Google officially unveiled the glasses during its I/O conference last summer. At that time, the headset, which was controlled by head movements, had video and audio capability and a built-in compass and accelerometer.

When the glasses go on the market in 2014, consumers can expect to see a lot of improvements and additions to the device — which is likely where Google’s Glass Explorer Program comes in.

To learn more about the functions of Glass thus far, click here.