First 3 Days as a Glass Explorer (Prologue)

Editor’s note: FYI, this post is by Anthony (@anthonyslai).

I have decided to write up some posts for my first couple days’ experience with Glass.  I am not planning to go deep into the technical details regarding Glass in these posts, but may do so if there are enough interests.


When Google first announced Google Glass in Google IO 2012, I signed up immediately to become a Glass Explorer.  Without knowing even a single bit about the Glass specification, 2,000 people still waited in line and signed up for it.  Google gave all Glass Explorers a glass with a number on it, claiming that each Google Glass would be carved with each explorer’s unique number.  Mine was 1109.

I believed such technology can lead us quite far in the future.  The original release date for beta testing was set to be the end of year 2012.  That did not happen, and there were almost no status updates from Google.  To me, that was quite a disappointment.

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Shared in Google+ after signing up as a Glass Explorer.

Early this year, to draw more diverse beta-testers to Glass, Google started the #ifIhadGlass competition in Twitter.  The reaction was enormous, and 8,000 more people would be able to get hold of the Glass through the competition.  Still, no status updates.

For Google, things moved along fastest for Google IO.  As expected, Google finally sent out an email update at the end of April this year.   My long wait has finally ended, and I received my Glass during the week of Google IO.  My Glass do not have my unique Glass number on it, but nonetheless, I am happy.

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