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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.


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'Glass Guides' to educate new Explorers over Hangouts


I hope they still have the option to have the primer in person. I used to work in the same building as Google NYC, now merely five blocks away.

Can't wait until I get my email. The suspense is killing me!

Waiting on my email as well. So excited.

If Samsung made penis implants, would they have TouchWiz? - dchawk81

I could only wish to get invited. This is something I was down to try from day 1.

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A warning to people in omaha. My angry Irish non techy work friend almost punched a guy out just for wearing Glass into Jimmy John's. Just a fair warning.


Sounds like someone who spends a lot of time getting to know the penal system from up close.

If Samsung made penis implants, would they have TouchWiz? - dchawk81

Because people are crying invasion of privacy BS. But what you can do with the camera on Google Glass, you could've done for years with regular cell phone cams... Makes no sense to me.

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I agree with you. I'm not sure why everyone is making a big deal out of this. Glass basically has the functionality of a smartphone, integrated into a different form factor. So, essentially, there's no new functionality being introduced.

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Google could just make a physical connection to an led that was always on when a pic or video was taken. Make is a hardware connection so you can't disable it like you can disable a phones shutter sound.


Does he punch out tourist for taking pictures too? Does He punch out cops with dash cams following him in traffic or tear down stop lights with traffic cams? All photos and video are legal taken in public. I'm Irish and consider this an embarrassment to my heritage.

No, he has no idea there is a camera in them. And personally, all my Irish friends have been a bit punchy, and I always liked that, so don't be to hard on them ;)


Because he looked like a bag -o-douche. He didn't even know what it was, just wanted to make pain come his way. I talked him down with a delicious bag of chips.


I wouldn't be surprised if there were some more on ebay for sale. There was the last time this happened, some were going for $500 before.

pffft $500 would be cheap.... they're are morons trying to get $3-4K for their invites on ebay... (granted there are a few for like $299 but that is far from the norm).

@Ebayers Lets see... avg $3200 for an invite to pay $1500 for a device, that will probably release in 6-8 months for $500.... nope F**K off I'm going to Italy for a month with my extra $4200 while I wait for the refined production model you can keep your invite.

P.S. Suck it...