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Google Inviting Public to Come Check Out Glass, Hosting Meetups Across America

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If you can’t wait any longer to get your hands on Google Glass, the team is hitting the road and stopping by cities all across the nation to set up public demos. During these Glass meetups, you will be able to wear Glass, talk to the Glass team and ask them any questions you may have concerning the device. Just don’t ask when it’s being released. They won’t answer that. The first stop is Durham, North Carolina on October 5 at the American Tobacco Campus. 

If this event goes well, we hope that Google will post some type of plan for which cities they plan on stopping by. Hopefully they aren’t too stingy with it and make plenty of stops.

Anyone can attend these events, but space is limited. To RSVP for the Durham event, click this link.

Via: +Google Glass

Cheers Radgatt!

  • James Hill

    I’m guess the GG will be priced at around 4 to 500 dollars.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    We need a full list of all locations to plan the closes one. Where is that full list? NC is close but not close enough if i don’t HAVE to make that trip b/c they may come to Atlanta which is closer.

    • Dr Vandenburg

      Loser Specs. Hey look at that loser with those stupid looking, brain cancer, specs. I have a headache. See ya.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 Mr Frodo24

    I guess it does pay to live near Durham :P Just a 20 minute drive away, and I can’t wait to go!!!

  • TheWenger

    Hmmm. A little over an hour from my house?

  • Jon Barnhart

    Looking forward to it!

  • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

    I’d love to attend one. Maybe I’ll fall in love. As is stands right now with google glass I dont get it. Dont see the point.

    • MJ

      I sort of agree. For the average person walking around, I don’t see the
      point or need for glass at all. Now for certain professions, I think
      it can be a very useful tool.

  • chris420o

    can you guys please let us know when they are coming to new york…thanks :)

  • martyjones100

    Google glass: all hype. A fad, to be certain.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Is there a calendar for future stops of this caravan?

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I live 20 minutes from the AT Campus. I may go to this just to see what all the hype is about.

    • psuturtle

      Same here

    • Batman

      Likewise. I’ll be there. Kind of curious why they are holding it there though.

  • possomcrast1

    Glass will kind of kill the smartwatch if it releases at a reasonable price. It does everything Smartwatches do WITH the convenience of not looking down at your wrist. Plus it does all of the other unique things like first-person video recording, safer navigation while driving,and easy image search.

    • Droidzilla

      I agree. Glass is the next evolution in mobile data; I honestly think it’s going to completely change the mobile landscape. Can you imagine what our world experience will be like when we have tech like glass and driverless cars for the average consumer? It will literally be life altering for many of us. I can’t wait!

    • J Dub

      I def. think it will come in at under smart watch pricing. Look at the Nexus 4. Priced at $350 for a whole phone? Hoping sub $200 range myself. However, they need to price this at the $99.99 price. That is considered impulse buy territory.

      • possomcrast1

        True. It isn’t packing that much either so it can’t be that expensive to manufacture. I believe they placed the explorer edition at such a high price just to weed out people who weren’t developers and to make clear that this was an alpha device.

        • joseph barrientos

          my honest guess is from $300-$400 and even then i wouldnt mind

          • Higher_Ground

            People don’t have much a problem dropping that much on name brand sunglasses, so I could see that being a good price point. Too rich for my blood, but then again so are any sunglasses that aren’t sold at walgreen’s.

          • joseph barrientos

            lol no i agree, the most i’ll spend on sunglasses is around $100 (assuming they’re awesome, like with polarized lenses) but for the tech thats in it, its a great price.

    • capecodcarl

      Glass is fine if you want to look like a nerd. I could see it if they had integrated it into those fake hipster glasses with the non-corrective lenses, but the current incarnation of it just screams “I’m an enormous dork” when people wear it. Plus, how do people that wear glasses use it?

      Now, with that said, if I could have it built into my regular frames for my prescription lenses without making it look enormously out of place then I would buy it.

      • possomcrast1

        I wouldn’t mind wearing them even if I didn’t have prescription glasses, but it will be even more awesome and convenient to use with them.

      • jt O’Brien

        I don’t get why people are so concerned with their image with respect to Glass. Like if your self-esteem is that low that you think wearing those glasses is like detrimental to your appearance then you need to do some self evaluation. I know it sounds harsh but it’s just how I feel about it.

        • Higher_Ground

          I think it’s because while the primary purpose of glasses are to improve your vision, they are pretty much a fashion accessory, too. Just like a wristwatch, you want to buy something you think looks good in addition to working well.
          I don’t own glasses, but from what I remember of friends who do, choosing a set of frames you like can be an all day affair.

          • zurginator

            Watch is 99% fashion, 1% functionality though. Most watches do the same thing, it’s all about how they look. This is what OEMs really need to get a handle on if they want to succeed. I don’t want something that runs 70 apps, I want something that looks good, tells the time, weather, shows me notifications, and maybe gives access to GNow (And I know exactly how to make that UI).

            Glass is slightly different. Glasses are about a 50/50 split on function/fashion, and honestly I find Glass to look pretty decent. I’m not sure I can pull it off though – and this is the catch. We need multiple designs to go with multiple face types, just like normal glasses.

    • jt O’Brien

      I’ve said this exact same thing on every article that concerns the smartwatch. There’s a reason that all of these watches are popping up immaturely/prematurely. OEMs realized that there is a limited window for this niche product before it becomes obsolete and quickly pushed something out for a small profit margin. I can guarantee the second Glass was announced OEMs started having watches on the drawing board. They weren’t thinking about glasses because that can always be done after Glass. The watch was a “now or never” type of thing.

      • zurginator

        The Smartwatch will survive if OEMs make something good looking. If not, it’ll die a very quick death.

        Watches are a fashion statement more than anything else, and people pay a lot of money for the best looking ones.

    • Google_FOREVER

      smart watches = useless.
      Glass is THE NEXT, because it’s almost a part of YOU physically

  • http://www.tech-compass.com/ Tech-Compass

    Sounds interesting, as we are currently in the USA we might have to see this for ourselves and see if it lives up to the hype!

  • Kiril Vatev

    Way to pick a tech-heavy area, Google.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Are you kidding me? The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is one of the biggest tech areas on the east coast. This is a great place to live and work if you’re in the tech field.

      • Droidzilla

        Don’t mind him; some people never get out of their bubble.

        • JoshGroff

          Bubbles!!!

      • joseph barrientos

        i live in mountain view, they need a home show! haha

      • jer85008

        Not just tech – biotech as well. In fact, outside of Boston/SF/SD pretty much the only happening place for that stuff in the US.

      • jednc

        I’m liking all this NC love in this thread.

    • snapdragonFan

      You are probably unaware that the Krait processor(the main cpu in all snapdragon chips) is exclusively developed a Qualcomm’s RTP site only 10 mins from the AT campus. Just a little tid bit of info for those uninformed. That kinda makes it one of the primary tech area’s for smartphones these days.

      • Flat_Stanley

        Also Lenovo’s US headquarters, Red Hat linux, Epic Games, etc

        • psuturtle

          don’t forget IBM and Cisco. Not as tech trendy as the used to be, but they’re still here.

          • bose301s

            And Cree

    • psuturtle

      Sarcasm backfire.

  • carluverdrm2004

    American Tobacco Campus….? Haha.

    • DJyoSNOW

      Yes you have to be 18 or older and mention only tobacco….or you’ll get kicked out….

      • carluverdrm2004

        I guess it’s because I don’t know what it is, but it sounds like a strange place to host an event such as this.

    • JBartcaps

      You have no idea what the American Tobacco Campus is

      • carluverdrm2004

        No, sir. What is it exactly?

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          It’s a huge campus in downtown Durham, NC that used to be the site of American Tobacco, back when Durham’s primary industry was cigarette factories and tobacco warehouses. These days it’s full of different companies, including a lot of tech startups.

          • Flat_Stanley

            Specifically, the original home of the American Tobacco Company, who manufactured Lucky Strike cigarettes, for example.

          • psuturtle

            Not to mention, Google just chose Durham as one of 7 national tech hubs. http://nibletz.com/2013/09/27/google-chooses-7-tech-hubs-north-america/

          • carluverdrm2004

            That’s pretty awesome.

          • carluverdrm2004

            Gotcha! Thanks.

          • anezarati

            HTC also used to have some offices in there. i think they were recently closed down though. they had a nice sign over looking the DBAP.

            if anyone has seen Bull Durham, the minor league team, the Durham Bulls, basically had to move to their new stadium in ATC because that movie made them so popular.

        • JBartcaps

          Shawn did a good job explaining, here’s a picture

          • Lucky Armpit

            Yup, very close to me too. Spousal Unit is a culinary student at the Art Institute on the Tobacco Campus. We should all meet there, check out Glass, and have a beer or two at Tyler’s (also on the Campus)

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I’m down.

          • LionStone

            If I could extend my trip a few more days, I’ll be down to meet up too.

          • carluverdrm2004

            Thanks!

      • Phil

        It’s also full of Ingress portals for those Ingress players out there. I believe there are 20 at ATC alone not to mention downtown proper.

  • Droidzilla

    DAMN IT, GOOGLE! I DON’T WANT GLASS, I WANT THE DAMNED NEXUS 5!

    Sorry, kind of lost it for a sec, there. I currently don’t have a phone so I’m like a heroine addict who had to quit cold turkey. I’m going to go curl into a fetal position in the corner while shivering and getting covered in a cold sweat. Carry on.

    • possomcrast1

      I’m more excited for Glass, to be honest. We can already speculate about everything the Nexus 5 will bring (Snapdragon 800,3Gb Ram, better camera, 1080p screen), but Glass is a whole new experience that will change the way we use Android entirely.

      • Droidzilla

        I would agree with you if I had a phone. My vitriol is motivated by purely selfish ambitions.

        • possomcrast1

          I understand. I have the HTC One, so new specs and phones these days are getting really irrelevant. It used to be that each new phone made android twice as smooth by improving the processor and ram, but I think we’ve reached a road block. Android has gotten more efficient and can smoothly run on a lot worse specs.

          • Droidzilla

            I had 2 Nexus 4s, and didn’t plan on replacing them. My wife dropped one and cracked the screen, though, so there goes that plan.

      • capecodcarl

        I’d personally rather have a smart watch though. I don’t need to be constantly looking at my Android device, but I also hate having to pull it out of my pocket to interact with it for mundane things like checking the time or appointments or a text message. Having an interface on my wrist I can glance at quickly would be perfect.

        • Droidzilla

          I would totally go for a smartwatch/Glass combo over a smartphone, but I think both smartwatches and Glass require a phone for full functionality. If I have to have a phone and one other thing, it’ll be Glass.

    • Seth Merritt

      I know these feels.

    • Higher_Ground

      female protaganists really do it for you, eh?

      • Droidzilla

        No no no; I said I’m LIKE a heroine addict, not an actual one. I totally read The Awakening and didn’t feel a whit of sympathy for Edna.