Google Chooses 8,000 to Test its New ‘Glasses’

by Christopher Freeburn | March 27, 2013 10:34 am

Google Glass[1]Thousands of people will now have the opportunity to among the first consumers[2] to wear Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[3]) high-tech glasses.

Last month, the software giant ran a contest, asking people to tell it how they would use Google Glass via Twitter. Google then selected 8,000 winners who can pay $1,500 to try out the glasses, the Associated Press notes.

In addition to paying for the privilege of market-testing Google’s new product, the lucky winners also have to finance their own trips to Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco to take possession of the glasses.

Google Glass features a camera and video screen, allowing wearers to take pictures and video, see data displays and use voice commands to perform other tasks. The glasses are part of a trend toward wearable computer technology, which is expected to ultimately replace smartphones and other mobile devices.

However, not everyone is charmed by the idea of glasses that can surreptitiously record pictures and video. One Seattle-based bar has already banned the glasses[4], even though they won’t likely be available to the general public until next year.

Shares of Google fell more than 1% in Wednesday morning trading.

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