In late April Google opened up its Google Glass Explorer program to everyone in the U.S., allowing anyone with an extra $1,500 to pick up a unit. Google shut the program down after a single day because it ran out of stock, suggesting that the promotion was indeed a popular one. Now, Google has more stock and the Explorer program is open to anyone yet again.
“We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta,” Google said in a recent Google+ post. “We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand.” Google said earlier this month that it has replenished its stock of Google Glass units in anticipation of new orders, so hopefully it doesn’t run out of units again.
We’re slowly getting to the consumer release point, it seems, though Google manages to keep our expectations in line by suggesting that the hardware and software isn’t ready for prime time yet. When it is, we expect to see the $1,500 price tag drop drastically.