If you desperately want Google Glass and you’ve already got a friend who owns a set, you could be in luck as Google prepares to launch the second generation of their futuristic eyewear.
Currently there are only around 10,000 Google Glass units being used in the world, handed out by the company to high-profile celebrities, developers, and a few lucky competition winners to test before a full public launch. Now so called Google Glass Explorers will have the opportunity to extend invitations to three friends they deem worthy of forking over $1,500 for a Glass set of their very own.
As yet there are no plans to launch Google Glass to the public before 2014, however reports have it that the second generation of augmented reality glasses will be available to Explorers before Christmas. Supposedly, Explorers will be able to trade in their old set of Google Glass for the brand new models, which will apparently be compatible to be worn with sight glasses.
Potential new Glass Explorers will need to meet certain criteria even after they have been recommended by a Google Glass-owning friend. Once the second generation is launched, all invitees will need to pay the full price of the device, as well as providing a US-based shipping address. New Explorers must also be US residents who are over 18 years of age. They must also be able to ignore the inevitable mutters of “Glasshole” which will likely follow them around from that day on.