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First Google Glass Devices Roll Off the Production Line, Developer APIs and Tutorials Released

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The first batches of Google Glass hardware are rolling “off the production line now,” according to emails sent out to Glass Explorers, the group of Google I/O 2012 attendees who signed up to be the first on the planet to get their hands on Google’s new wearable tech. With early production underway, devices should start shipping at any moment. In the email, Google says that they will not wait until all units are produced before shipping, so they will instead ship in batches as they are produced. 

If you signed up as an Explorer, you’ll receive a second email when yours is ready, so that you can fork out the $1,500 asking price and give Google the thumbs-up to ship.

In related news, Google also released a developer portal and API this evening, so that Explorers can start preparing work immediately. The API is called Google Mirror and apps will apparently be called Glassware – cute, right?

After cruising through the dev portal for a few minutes, I went a head and pulled out the five new videos which describe everything from sharing contacts to managing timeline cards to notifications, and included them below. I even found multiple screenshots of the UI itself.

The policies and terms of service introduced with Glass are also worth noting. For example, developers are not allowed to show ads in API clients or charge for them, whatsoever. Google also appears to be checking apps much more thoroughly in Glass, which we would assume is for security reasons.

If Google Glass is going to be a part of your future, I suggest you take a look at the links below. This is the most detail anyone has seen with regard to Google Glass.

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Via:  +Google Developers | Google Glass Developers [Policies] | TechCrunch

  • There is also an app for Google Glass that you can download. Also there is a picture of a puppy in pajamas in the screenshots. Search MyGlass

  • Sean Wood

    Am I the only one that finds it kind of disconcerting that the entirety of your data that’s collected, transmitted or received is handled by Google indirectly… I mean yeah.. I’ve drank the Great Google Kool-Ade, Android phone, tablet and TV. Even thinking of a chromebook… but still…My phone/tablet/wifi has access to the entirety of the net.. .Why do they need to play middle man to every bit and byte that this device uses or collects? Seems kind off… or am I just missing something?

  • Twofourturbo

    Wheres the How-To video where it shows you how to use the NFC by head bumping everything.. “Hey bro, Let me share this picture with you.. HEAD BUMP”

  • zombiewolf115

    mother of god

  • CoCoCalypso

    can we expect to see a review from DL on the explorer version?

  • I’m salivating out of every hole in my body.

    • PigHeaded

      i don’t know if I should laugh or vomit….yup, i just vomited.

  • Yoderz

    I remember when there was first talk of these devices. I thought no way would these be mass produced and that I would actually see people wearing them. Crazy.

  • Bionic

    Works good with X phone

  • I received the email and then another with an invitation to purchase. Glass cost me 1500 plus tax and I get to pick it up next week at Google in NYC.

    • michael arazan

      I hope you send in some cool stuff or maybe Kellen will allow people to send in their own views or reviews, that would be cool for this product, to see you guys using this in real world.


        I’m sure it will be all over Youtube.

    • aadiman

      Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online… http://www.hdcash1.com

  • Austin Warren

    Soooooo many videos. This looks cool though.

  • “Glassware”, very cute! teehehhe

  • First*

    • Austin Warren

      Good. Here’s a cookie. Topped with anthrax.

      • Timothy McGovern

        Those are the best. You have any chocolate chip anthrax cookies?

        • Austin Warren


      • Derin Richardson

        I’d personally choose the cyanide topping, but to each their own flavour, I suppose.

        • Austin Warren

          Cyanide has this oaky aftertaste. I prefer no taste. If you want something sweet, i suggest Antifreeze.

          • Derin Richardson

            Sugary is good, oaky is okey dokey. But how about petrol for some tartness?

      • If you notice the asterisk I was simply correcting an error in the headline they made when they first posted the article.

    • Chris

      Ohh Good God would you people please stop this crap… Its gotta be the stupidest thing in internet history

      • I was correcting a spelling error they made in the headline, bud. Calm down.

  • Kane Stapler

    I signed up for Glass at last years I/O. Got the little glass cube and everything. I havent got an email in a few months as far as asking for money or the progress of getting Glass to me. Anyone actually pay for this thing yet?

    • Austin Warren

      Can’t for this years I/O.

  • EvanTheGamer

    First* lol

    Also, this is cool. I wonder when Google’s Glasses will actually be widely available to everyone. And at what price. Hmm…time will tell.

    • I remember them saying they were aiming for this holiday season.

      • Yep, they said this year, so hopefully holiday season.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Any word on price range though?

          • If I remember correctly they said it would be under $1500, so probably $1499.99 lol.

          • 4n1m4L

            Moderator at the verge said he remembered sergey saying they were aiming for $300 to $500. In the comments here http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/4/10/4210438/google-glass-explorer-edition-ship-date-may-2013

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Not gonna happen.

          • Guest

            Last I heard was less than $1,500. That is as detailed as Google got. If anyone has more updated info please correct me 🙂

          • michael arazan

            Your Drive accounts will fill up quick taking 1080 HD videos with these, I hope they really think hard about putting large memory into these when they release for the average person