CNN’s iReport is about to get Glassy. The news organization is now allowing Google Glass users to upload directly to their citizen-journalism platform. It might be a small sampling, but offers a unique perspective on the news.
Google Glass has lost a Business Development Executive, as Kelly Liang leaves for a position with SmartThings. Liang, who came to Google with the YouTube acquisition, was most recently the Director for Business Development with Google X.
Though Google Glass is not yet available to the average consumer, a relatively small number of the devices exist in the hands of "Explorers," the number of which just increased in recent times. Because of the nature of the Explorer program, Glass is priced at $1,500 for those with the opportunity to buy.
Whether it be by mistake or released in secret before the general push to the public, Google Glass units have been put on sale once again. It would appear - and we’ve tested right up to the point of purchase - that any user is able to purchase Google Glass without needing to be part of the Explorer Edition club, so to speak.
Google has pushed out a second update for Glass, adding a calendar feature as well as enabling SMS support for iPhone users, as the start of what the wearable team says will be more frequent updates from now on. The new features build on Glass' much-anticipated KitKat update last week, which Google says will now allow for speedier feature changes.
Google is inviting would-be Google Glass buyers to test the style of the wearable and its designer frames at home before slapping down $1,500+, with a new "Home Try-On Kit" being offered to select potential Explorers. The scheme, which was quietly revealed by one of the people invited to take advantage of it, also seemingly addresses questions about what Google was doing with the returned first-gen Glass Explorer Edition units it offered to swap out for newer hardware a few months back.
Google designer Isabelle Olsson has a challenge on her hands: making Glass appealing enough to wear every day. Olsson is the subject of a new Google Design Minutes video, discussing her horror coming face to face with some of Glass' early prototypes - one less than ergonomic example of which you can see here - and how she's particularly proud of the way the frame and the Glass hardware itself look separate.
Google has ceased sales of Glass, bringing its one day invitation-free event to a close with news that all its spare spots in the Explorer Program are filled, but staying tight-lipped on exactly how many were sold. The Glass free-for-all - well, as "free" as a $1,500 developer device can be considered - kicked off yesterday morning, and supplies of at least one color version were exhausted a few hours later.