Kansas City, Kan. was the first to get Google Fiber, but who'll be the first to get Google Glass? The latest innovation from the internet giant could hit each corner of the Silicon Prairie later this year through its Glass Explorer program, an invite-only opportunity to purchase the $1,500 device.
Last year, Google gave developers an exclusive pre-order opportunity, and earlier this year, some of those developers got to play around with the device—Lincoln, Neb.-based Android developer Israel Knight (left) was one of them.* In February, came the general public's first chance at Glass. Individuals who wanted to test out the device were invited to post a message on Google+ or Twitter consisting of 50 words or less and containing the hashtag #ifihadglass.
The contest ran for one week, February 20-27, and from March 26 to April 2, Google sent out its invitations. If the invitees want to take Google up on its offer, they'll need to attend a Google Glass event in either New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to pick up the device. The date of that event is unknown, but Google's Project Glass director Steve Lee told The Verge the plan is to have the product in stores by year's end.
Thanks to a project by Stanford University graduate student Andrej Karpathy—he mapped the location of Google Glass invitees on Twitter—we've rounded up more than 40 individuals who have received invitations. In all, Google extended invites to 8,000 people on Twitter and Google+.
Also, on the topic of Silicon Prairie and Google Glass, it's worth noting Lee is an Iowa native.
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#ifihadglass I would film my own reality TV show.
— Joe Olsen (@joeolsen) February 21, 2013
#ifihadglass I would record my beautiful son 24/7 %uD83D%uDC8B
— BritMcConnell (@BritMcConnell) February 21, 2013
#ifihadglass I'd share my college experience in US with my family and explore how to integrate Google Glass with motion sensing technology.
— Tianze Wang (@WangTianze) February 20, 2013
#ifihadglass I would create an app that would make people, especially young women like myself, feel safe in their current surroundings.
— Christine Yost (@chrisyost) February 26, 2013
Elsewhere in Nebraska
#ifihadglass I would show the awesomeness of passing time during chemo infusions!Life is better when you are plugged inGoogle ROCKS!
— Teri Coday Osborn (@TeriOsborn) February 26, 2013
Elsewhere in Iowa
How Google Glass wants to change the world for travelers travel.cnn.com/how-google-gla… by @rafat - #ifihadglass I would document all of my travels. — Robert Patterson (@robertpatterson) February 21, 2013
Elsewhere in Kansas
Elsewhere in Missouri
#ifihadglass i want google glass. i would record every concert ever!
— Nikki Hindman (@nikkay2point0) February 21, 2013
#ifIhadGlass I would be able to utilize the internet and interact with my baby at the same time. She's sick of seeing the back of my phone.
— Jill Blom (@jill_blom) February 27, 2013
— John T. Meyer (@johntmeyer) February 28, 2013
Update April 10: When published, the article incorrectly stated that Israel Knight tried on Glass last year at Google I/O. He tried on the device at Google's Glass Foundry event in February.
Note: Fred Bauters contributed to this post.
Credits: Israel Knight photo from twitter.com.