Google Glass Explorer Edition to ship this month

Google Glass, those futuristic, internet connected glasses that show digital information right in front of your eyes, is almost ready for the company's chosen group of testers. Google recently announced that the Explorer Edition of Glass, a version just for early testers, will ship this month.

The Explorer Edition, which will cost $1500, is available to those who signed up for the explorer program last year at the Google I/O developer conference and those who applied  for the #ifIhadglasses social media contest. Google asked people on Twitter and Google Plus to submit ideas about what they would do if they had the glasses, which allow them to capture photos and videos right through the glasses. Google announced the 8000 winners of the contest two weeks ago.

Google has also announced some momentum in creating applications that work on the glasses. Google Ventures in partnership with venture capitalist firms Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced a program called "Glass Collective." The program will provide seed funding to start-ups and developers developing applications for Glass.

Google demoed some of the applications for Glass at SXSW last month. It showed off The New York Times app, which will read headlines aloud to the user and show photos, and Evernote, which allows you to take photos or record videos and upload them right from the glasses to your Evernote account.

Google has said it aims to have consumer version of Glasses, which everyone can buy, by the end of the year.
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