In the latest episode of now you see it, now you don’t, Google Glass is once again available to the masses — in the United States.
That’s right, gadget geeks, somewhat-early adopters and those with $1,500 to spare. The Internet-connected glasses that have been the object of both fascination and scorn can now be yours, while supplies last. And by the way, it’s still in beta, OK? That means Google is still looking for “feedback to continue to make Glass even better, ahead of our wider consumer release,” it said in a Google+ post.
For those keeping track at home, Google has invited the masses to become “explorers” before: It had a one-day sale last month, which was followed by rumors of another sale a week later. The specs, of course, have been worn with pride/made fun of/banned/ridiculed for a couple of years now, when they first made their debut to a (lucky?) few.
The glasses, which also come with much-discussed video-recording capabilities, reportedly cost about $152 to make, according to a teardown by IHS. Google disputes that figure, the Wall Street Journal reported. But that’s higher than an earlier estimate by Teardown.com, which put the cost at $79.78 — a price Google also said was “absolutely wrong.”
Photo: Google Glass on display in San Francisco last year. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)