Google's about to let some folks get their Glass

Did you enter Google’s #ifihadglass campaign in the hope of getting a chance to buy your very own wearable computer?  Google says it’s about to start notifying winners of that contest, who will be eligible to buy an early “Explorer” version of the Glass device – for the introductory price of $1,500.

Winners will be notified on Google+ or Twitter, and they’ll be invited to pick up their device at special events in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Google isn’t saying how many winners will be selected, and they’re still keeping a tight lid on many details about the program.  If the goal is to keep people interested, they may have succeeded.  In a Google+ post Tuesday morning, the company said, “We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response! There were so many creative, diverse and (sometimes) crazy applications.”

Not everyone is viewing the new gadget as benign, however.  There’s already been a backlash from some privacy advocates, of course, as well as some folks hoping to ride on related coattails.  And then there’s the West Virginia legislator who wants to make sure that motorists in his state aren’t driving while distracted by the gadget.

Google has said it plans to sell Glass devices to ordinary consumers later this year.  But you can already see them on the foreheads of Google staffers who are testing them out in the wild.  In recent weeks, we’ve spotted them at two different burger joints located within a few miles of the Googleplex in Mountain View.

(Photo credit:  Noah Zerkin)

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Brandon Bailey covers Google, Facebook and Yahoo for the San Jose Mercury News, reporting on the business and culture of the Internet.