Google Inc. is making it easier for consumers to get the test version of its Glass Internet-connected spectacles.
Glass Explorer Edition devices will go on sale to anyone in the U.S., after mostly being available only via invitation and referral, Google said yesterday on its website. The wider beta testing of the $1,500 wearable computers follows a 24-hour open sales period last month.
“We’ve decided to move to a more open beta,” the company said. “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.”
The Mountain View, California-based company, owner of the world’s most popular Internet search engine, is making improvements to Glass as it seeks ways to attract consumers eager to access digital information while on the go. Google is counting on feedback for the Explorer version ahead of a “wider consumer release,” according to the Web post.