Google has extended its Glass availability to anyone and everyone within the US, without a time limit (here comes the online queue). Sorry Malaysians, you'll have to either wait for the launch in Malaysia or do everything in your might to get one from the US.
Information on its Google+ page shows no invitation is required for anyone to purchase the Glass, ahead of its wider consumer release.
"We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today, anyone in the U.S. can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand," it read.
The key words being, “as long as we have it on hand”, which for you means while stocks last.
Price is key
Considering the price of other smartglasses, such as the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 or the EyeTap, one would expect the Google Glass price to be, at least, in the three-digit bracket.
But for those of you who have been waiting for the price of Google Glass to take a dip, sorry, that’s not happening anytime soon. You still have to fork out a costly US$1,500 (RM4,845) for the eyewear.
The increasing competition does raise one important question about Google's pricing strategy - will it release a cheaper alternative in the near future, or is this as good as it gets?
For those of you outside the US, congratulations, you now have ample time to persuade/beg/threaten someone to buy the Android-powered smart glasses for you. Then watch the damage get done to your wallet, but hey, you’ll be one of the few in Asia waltzing down the road with Glass on eyes.