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Google Opens Up Glass Explorer Program to Friend Referrals, Will Intro Updated Hardware as Well


Back in July, it was reported that Google would soon open up a few more slots for folks to enter the Glass Explorers program. Today, they have officially confirmed those plans, and have launched the ability for select Google Glass users. Going forward, each Explorer will have the opportunity to invite up to three friends to the Glass Explorers program, who will then have the ability to purchase the device and will have it shipped to them, no matter where they are. 

In addition, as a thank you to current Glass users, Google is offering the one time option to trade-in their current Glass for an updated version of the hardware for free. The new hardware will work with some upcoming prescription lenses and prescription frames that Google will soon unveil.

To top it off, it has been reported that Google is bumping up manufacturing of Glass, as to meet the expected consumer launch of Glass in 2014. We have all been waiting, so it’s about time.

Anyone hoping to get a referral from a friend? We definitely are, so if anyone out there wants to shoot us a referral, we would be extremely grateful.


Via+Google Glass

  • Richard Goodrum

    Glass explorers! I need your help in securing an invite. We’re an incredibly exciting funded startup that are bringing gaming and augmented reality to Google Glass (www.glassfitgames.com).

    Please, please anyone with a spare invite could you get in contact with me Richard (at) Race Yourself (dot) com. We need as many as we can get!

  • Nate Olson

    I would love to get an invite from a future friend (hint hint)

  • philadelphanut

    I would love to pay for an invite. Please someone invite me

  • Destroythanet

    So who do I have to pay to be my Google Glass “friend” haha.

  • Larizard

    I’d love to take selfies on this, and post it on my instagrams. Please send me one, thanks.


    I would volunteer for this project of someone would offer.


    Ian B

  • master94

    Let’s hope they have enough, don’t need another Nexus 4 incident.

  • moew

    Ingress users have been submitting images and geolocations for Glass this whole time, wow! I just realized when I watched the video that this is the Niantic Labs hook on Glass!

    And Ingress users thought they were just submitting portals 🙂

  • Michael swaim

    I’d be down to get my hands on some glass.

  • DL team.

    I sent you an email about getting you an invite! (Used the sites contact form)


  • SirLance99

    I just got an invite. I’m very excited about this.

    • Damn, can you hook me up with one who invited you?

  • rthvk

    They’re trolling us with everything they can think of.


  • J Dub

    Sub $500 range? How about sub $250 range? The Nexus 5 is going to be $350. Glass has far fewer of the shiny bits that the Nexus has. I’m thinking under $200 like the Nexus 7 at release. If they want people to use this then the price has to be right. Anything over $300 and it’s dead.

    • zurginator

      Glass also has a comparatively massive development budget to recover.

      • J Dub

        Perhaps this is the reason for expanding the Explorer Program? Perhaps the first Explorer Program was opened for funding purposes?

    • d-rock

      I think you’re dreaming here honestly, or just really setting yourself up for disappointment. I have a feeling that it will be around $600-700 personally. This isn’t a “nexus” program where they aren’t looking for profit.

      This is going to be a for profit venture I think and in order to get that, they are going to have to charge some $$ beyond hardware costs.

  • Mando

    sub 600 is what i can do

  • Joseph Barrientos

    seriously agree with those below me, 500 is the most i’d spend on it, darn shame, i have a few connections down the road at google too../:

  • Ryan

    TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!!

    • Paul Hansen

      I believe you’re looking for this 😛

  • enigmaco

    I want one soooo bad but $1500 is a nice chunk of change.

  • d-rock

    yeah…still wondering the eventual price point. If it’s sub $500, I’m all in. If it’s more, I’m going to have to find a damn good justification in getting it, other than the cool factor.

    • Adrynalyne

      It needs to be sub 500 dollar range, because those who wear glasses will have an additional expense of fitting their prescription to these.

      Anything higher than 500 will be a rather noisy flop.

    • chudilo

      Cool factor? PPL call them Glass-holes!

      • Raj Bhatt

        Well, only a certain demographic gets tapped when it is so exclusive and requires 1500 dollars in liquid funds to throw at an alpha technology.

        • Dan

          Yes, “certain demographic” aptly characterizes their arrogant attitude. Notice how their video has no dancers, just a bunch tourists with money to burn!

  • Anthony Lee

    Too bad many of us can’t justify the expense. Still looks like an extremely cool gadget to have.

  • KleenDroid


    • gambit07

      Your consistency is amazing

      • Droidzilla

        I thought he was a little gritty. Wait, what?

        • Menger40

          What you did there.
          I saw it.