In-person-pickups of Google Glass are no longer necessary, but Google still wants to make sure you understand the $1,500 device
The still-relatively exclusive Google Glass club is set to grow by as much as 300 percent in the days and weeks ahead, now that Google's allowed the first round of Explorers to invite up to three friends to try the $1,500 wearable. But one big change is that you'll no longer have to pick up your Glass in person at an office in either Los Angeles or New York. Now, Glass will come to you.
That presents a little bit of a conundrum, though, as Glass is still very much not a consumer product. And while it isn't all that hard to get a grip on, there's a reason why Google wanted to meet Explorers in person and give a one-on-one walkthrough.
But it turns out Google's not just shipping-and-forgetting to those of us in this new friends-and family-plan. I got a call this afternoon (5 p.m. on a Sunday — on my landline — but whatever) inviting me to do a little sit-down for my new Google Glass with an official "Glass Guide," over Google Hangouts, of course.
From the follow-up e-mail:
We're so excited that you're interested in taking part in our Hangout Experience!
What better way to start your journey with Glass than with one of our experienced Glass Guides! They’ll take you through the entire setup process, explain some of the features Glass has to offer and tell you a little about the history of Glass along the way. This is all done over webcams in a Google Hangout.
The walkthrough should take 45 minutes or so, I was told.
So if you've got a new Google Glass coming, listen up for a phone call to schedule your one-on-one. And if you really want to be that guy — take the call on your new Glass.