Get your Google Glass via the Explorer program—but get it soon

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UPDATE 4/16/14: The program's closed again, for now.

In case you've been living somewhere with no Internet access, news, or early adopter types (in another solar system, maybe?), Google Glass is the company's forthcoming wearable technology product. While not yet on sale generally, Google has allowed limited numbers of people to purchase and try out Glass; it calls those people Glass Explorers.

It's been a while since the program was available, but this morning, the Glass Explorer program opened again—but for how long, we aren't quite sure. So if you're wondering what to do with that $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket and decide you want to splurge on a pair, better act fast.

For more on wearable technology, check our review of six smart watches.

So what exactly is Google Glass? It's a wearable computer in the form of eyeglass frames with a small rectangular optical head-mounted display mounted over the right eye and a built-in front-facing 5-megapixel camera, as well as a speaker and mic built into the Glass frame. Glass connects to mobile device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and video and audio content is delivered to the display.

This morning, Consumer Reports' Director of Electronics Testing Team Leader Maria Rerecich was able to purchase Google Glass through the temporary window the company opened up—check our video to see how it went. We expect to receive it in about a week, and we look forward to trying them out and reporting to you, So check back for updates!

—Carol Mangis



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