While Google has yet to confirm a public launch date for Glass, they have recently detailed some upcoming changes for the Explorer program. It looks like the program will soon be opening up for new members. Not to mention, there will be some new hardware coming. And in a bit of better news, existing Explorers will be able to do a one-time swap to get the updated model.
Google has said that as a thank you, they will be allowing for those one-time swaps “later this year.” There has yet to be any images shared of the new hardware, however Google has offered enough detail to have us curious. They have said the new hardware will have a mono earbud and will also allow Glass to work with “future lines of shades and prescription frames.”
The swap will be available for anyone that purchased glass before October 28th and once the program opens up, users will have 60 days to decide if they want to move forward. If so, they will then have to register for the exchange. Those opting to stick with the current model will be able to do so, and the original warranty will remain in place. Otherwise, this will also be a good opportunity to switch colors — maybe for those who went bold and want something calmer, or vice versa.
Aside from the mention of new hardware, Google will also be allowing existing Explorers to invite some friends. In fact, they will be able to invite three friends. Google hasn’t said anything in terms of the price, but one could think that will remain the same as it had been, at $1,500. On the positive side, those who get invited to purchase Glass will not have to pick them up in person.
Google has said, those invited will “be able to buy Glass online and can have it shipped to their home, office, treehouse or igloo.” The invitations are expected to go out in the next few weeks, which means those with Glass — you can expect some new best friends shortly. That all being said, while this still doesn’t offer anything in terms of a public release, it does suggest the Explorer program is moving along nicely.
SOURCE: Google Glass