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Google sells pricey Glass to anyone in US: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Google sells pricey Glass to anyone in US

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It still costs $1,500, but Google opened up its Glass Explorer program to anyone in the States. Meanwhile, LG launches its Lifeband Touch fitness tracker and the Jawbone Up judges your driving habits.

Jawbone thinks it can cure road rage. Yeah. Wearables are weird. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] Google is lifting the restrictions on who can buy Google Glass. Anyone in the US can now spend $1500, plus tax. To own an explorer version of what is essentially a face camera with apps. But for most folks, there's probably a better way to spend your money. Google Glass is still in this open beta phase. It's one big social bug test and experiment on how the world assimilates to computers on a face. And when it's ready for primetime, the price will go down to something more reasonable. Hopefully around $200 because it is a smart phone accessory. But for the eager beavers that want to pay more to be the first to try it out, Google will happily let you order one. If it can sell Glass to enthusiastic technology evangelists. It will help put a positive spin on a vice that's reputation is known as creepy and intrusive but the world has warmed up to wearable for the wrist LG has a new smart band that goes on sale in the US on sunday it's called the LG Life band touch. The bracelet is part fitness tracker, part smartphone remote control The display is a touch screen, and if you put your hand over the wrist, it will silence a phone call. It also controls music. Health wise it counts your steps and connects with LG's new Heart Rate ear phones, which have sensors in them that measure the pulse in your ear. It works for both iOS and Android devices. The wristband costs $150, but the earphones do cost more. .They're $180. Now, while most fitness bracelets measure things like steps, and movements, the Jawbone up wristband also tracks your driving habits. You see, Jawbone now works with this smart car tracker device. It's called Automatic. And you plug it into your car to give you data on your driving habits. The feedback is supposed to make you want to speed less to save money on gas. But when that information syncs with the jawbone it'll make you feel bad if you drove somewhere when you could have walked. But there's another odd twist to this merging of information. You can log your mood and diet in the jawbone app. So that data is compared with where you drive to see what route makes you happiest, in order to avoid road rage. Yeah, I don't think an app can help with that. But if you'd like to try it, it works for both iOS and Android. That's your tech news Update. You can find more details and reviews on these devices at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridgette Kerry. [MUSIC]

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