Google Announces Winners For Explorer Program

Tech titan Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has finished its recruitment for the Google Glass Explorer program, having selected 8,000 participants who now have the opportunity to purchase the Glass product for $1,500 and test its capabilities. For those out of the loop, the Glass is a pair of internet-connected glasses that the user wears and can take photos, video shorts, obtain directions to a particular location, and other features that are all activated by voice commands.

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Potential participants had to submit a 50-word statement that explained to the company what they would use Google Glass for. After sifting through the numerous submissions, Google began listing its winners on Tuesday.

The winners must travel to New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to pick up the device, which is set to debut to the public later this year, or sometime next year.

According to Time, some of the submissions focused on using Glass for humanitarian reasons. One contest winner promised to take Google Glass to Veteran Administration hospitals so soldiers who fought in World War II can see their memorials before they die.

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Another plans to wear Google Glass during a trip to Japan so she can take video and pictures that she can share with her grandmother, who now lives in the U.S. but would like to see her native country again. A zookeeper plans to use Google Glass to show what it’s like to feed penguins, and another contest winner wants to use the technology to provide maps that will help firefighters in emergencies.

Soon, once the devices have been distributed, data and feedback from the contestants will begin to make its way back to Google HQ, and the company can begin tailoring the product and fine tuning it in preparation for its debut. All said and done, the device is expected to run about $700 to $1,500.

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