Google announced the next stage in its Glass Explorer program today, confirming earlier reports that it will drastically increase production on the wearable device. The company will replace existing copies of Google Glass with an updated design for free as a special “thank you” to its early adopters. It also announced plans to expand its beta program with a fresh round of invitations.
In a post on Google+, the company offered some details on the next generation of Glass. Based on user feedback, the redesigned hardware will “allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames,” suggesting the HUD module may be detachable this time around. The new design will also include a single built-in earbud.
Over the next few weeks, each Glass Explorer will also be able to invite three new people to purchase a copy for themselves, effectively quadrupling the number of Glass owners in the world. Google doesn’t say how much the new units will cost, but we’re guessing they’ll be priced similarly at $1,500. That’s all we know for now, but Google promises more details are coming soon.