Google Glass gearing up for early sale

You'll be able to get Google Glass on your face a lot sooner than expected, Google confirms.

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Katie Matsushima, a Glass Guide at Google's San Francisco office, models the recently introduced Split titanium frame for Google Glass. Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

Love 'em or hate 'em, Google is preparing to give everybody in the US a one-day shot at buying Google Glass before the Internet-connected headset becomes available publicly.

Google has confirmed on Google+ that the it will allow a limited number of US residents to purchase Google Glass without an invite starting at 6 a.m. PT on April 15 for 24 hours. The company was forced to make the announcement early thanks to an internal Google document obtained by The Verge.

Currently, you must obtain an invite in order to purchase Google Glass. The sale will charge the standard price for Google Glass Explorer headsets, $1,500, but will include a free sunglasses shade or eyeglass frame. People with standard prescription glasses will have to purchase their lenses for the Google Glass frames separately.

Between sign-up programs since Google Glass' big debut at Google I/O 2012, which brought in 10,000 people, and smaller sign-up campaigns since then, the total number of Glass owners could be several thousand people higher.

However, a recent survey could point to problems with the sale. According to market research firm Toluna, 72 percent of Americans don't want to buy Google Glass because of privacy concerns.

One possible reason for the Glass sale would be to clear out existing stock, as Google prepares a consumer version of the headset, rumored for public availability later this year.

Update at 2:35 p.m. PT with confirmation from Google that the leaked document is authentic.

 

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