Google selects the 8,000 Google Glass winners

Google selects the 8,000 Google Glass winners
On Tuesday, Google started informing the winners of its contest, that they had won the opportunity to purchase a $1,500 test version of Google Glass. U.S residents were given the opportunity by the Mountain View based tech titan to explain in 50 words or less how they would use Google Glass. Writing the essay on Google+ or  Twitter, contestants had to include thehashtag #ifihadglass with their entry. The winners will have to travel to New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco to pick up the device, which won't be launched to consumers until later this year or earlier next year.

Google Glass could be the first of a new niche of products called wearable computers, and includes a possible smartwatch that is allegedly being developed by Apple, Samsung, Google and LG. Google Glass allows users to stay connected to their email, news, and social networks hands-free. Users will be able to take hands free pictures or video, a feature that upset one bar owner in Seattle who has already banned Google Glass.

Among the winning entries was one person who promised to take Google Glass to the VA so that soldiers who fought in World War II can see their memorials before they die. Another said that she would take Google Glass on a trip to Japan and take pictures and video to show her grandmother who now lives in the U.S.,but was born in Japan. One winner wants to use the technology to give firefighters maps to help them perform their jobs better, while one zookeeper wanted to use Google Glass to show the world how to feed penguins.

The "Explorer" version of Google Glass, which is the version of the device that the contest winners will be purchasing, will be thoroughly examined by Google engineers to see if any improvements can be made to the device before it is finally launched. 

source: AP

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10 Comments

1. HASHTAG unregistered

I don't know how much excitement I would get in having to pay $1500 for something by winning a contest. I just wonder how well is Google Glass going to well once it's available to the public.

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I read the title and thought "Oh man, how lucky are they!", but then I actually read the article and saw that it really meant "Congratulations, we'll let you be the first to give us $1,500!". I guess it'll still be a cool experience for those who have the cash.

3. nexus718

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Well that was a quick way to make 12 million dollars

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yay I won and I have to pay for my prize now... Kind of stupid way to award the prizes Google...

5. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

it should be free thats why its a contest LOL

6. Aeires unregistered

Sounds like being on a waiting list to buy a limited edition Porsche, not everyone gets one but the people who do definitely have to pay up.

7. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"Congratulations! You won the opportunity to spend a ton of money! Call within the next 5mins to create a hole in your bank account!"

8. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Those whom entered in the contest knew they were competing to win the opportunity to purchase a device. It wasn't for free. The previous comments are stupid. Read the contest rules idiots. I entered a contest for Jordan 11 breds at House of Hoops and won. Oh wait I have to exchange money for the shoes now? Get out of here f**k tards. U mad bro?

10. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

"Get out of here f**k tards. U mad bro?" Ohhhhhhhhh the irony! =D Quit your pissy childish rant.

9. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

8000 x $1,500 = $12,000,000 Looks like Google is the real winner of this contest...

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