Google has closed down registrations for #ifihadglass, the Google Glass pre-order competition it announced recently. The competition asked people to explain why they deserved to own one of the first Google Glass Explorer Edition devices via Twitter and Google+, using the #ifihadglass hashtag. Prospective buyers and developers had to explain their ideas for the Glass in fifty words or less, with up to five photos or a 15-second video clip.
A Glass photo sample released by Google.
The search giant has closed down the registrations and has not revealed anything about how many buyers will receive the device. The company is probably trying to take it really slow, as we have been hearing about Glass for a while now. The Verge got a test run with the device, and reported that it is expected to be made available this year, but at a much lower price compared to the $1,500 (approx Rs 75,000) Google is asking for the first units.
Glass is likely to feature bone conduction technology instead of traditional speakers for sound and a small screen in front of the user’s eye to display information. It will also feature a camera, which was shown off by the company’s co-founder Sergey Brin.
Google Glass can be called Google’s most ambitious project yet and has been in development for the last couple of years. Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in May last year that he was hopeful the Glass Project would be ready in 2013.
Potential developers had a week to come up with a killer Glass concept; each person was allowed to submit up to three ideas and had to publicly disclose their concept. Google said it would be judging ideas with the help of an independent jury who will look at all the applications (including any photos and videos) to see if they meet the application requirements. Applications will be judged on the basis of how creative, compelling, original, useful and influential they are. One of the reasons behind such a move could be Google looking for an opportunity to better show off the Glass to consumers when it reaches the market.
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