A set of what may be the new, unreleased Google Glass Enterprise Edition spectacles has ignited a dramatic bidding war on eBay. The glasses, up for sale by a Bay Area pawn business, had a starting price of $299 around noon Friday. The eBay ad describes the glasses as “Google Glass (black).” By 5 p.m. on Saturday, the offered price topped $5,000.
Website 9to5Google spotted the glasses on eBay. Federal Communications Commission imagery of what is reported to be the unreleased Enterprise Edition shows a hinge not found on the original “Explorer” Glass, and the device on eBay appears to match that imagery, according to the website. The unreleased edition is reportedly intended for business uses.
“The device has a more robust build, a larger prism, and has a hinge that allows it to fold and is built to withstand bumps and bruises in the workplace,” according to the website. “Additionally, the power button has been moved from its awkward location on the inside to the back of the device, and the front light comes on when the camera is being used. We also reported that the device is waterproof and closed-off, as to protect it from debris and other substances that may damage the hardware.”
On eBay, the purported Glass is described by the seller as “very gently used.”
A San Francisco employee of A to Z Pawnbrokers, which has several branches, said the device is at the Redwood City shop. “I’m assuming some0ne sold it to us or someone pawned it to us and didn’t come back for it – the only two possibilities,” Joseph Julian said. Julian could not say whether the purported Glass was in fact the Enterprise Edition.
In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google was distributing a business-focused Glass on the down-low, targeting the product at industries including health care, manufacturing and energy.
The consumer-market “Explorer” version of Glass suffered a spectacular fall from grace over its ability to record video in public places.
Bidding on eBay for the glasses is open till Wednesday at 5:12 p.m. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the high bid stood at $5,250.
Photo: An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images