Google: Glass winners chosen; announcements to come

Glass team will notify the winners of the #ifihadglass contest in the next few days, according to a Google blog post.

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Google says it has picked the winners of its Glass Explorer #ifihadglass contest. The company will reveal the chosen ones by way of Google+ and Twitter over the next few days.

The contest, which kicked off Feb. 20 and ran for a week, asked people who wanted to be first to get their hands on Google's high-tech specs to submit their ideas for Glass, like so: "Using Google+ or Twitter, tell us what you would do if you had Glass, starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass."

Pitches involved everything from health care applications to skateboarding to journalism and storytelling.

Not all the ideas submitted were what Google had in mind, however. A person by the name of Andre Torrez, for example, wrote that he "could record your face and location and give it to a massive advertising company."

It remains to be seen if Torrez is among the winners.

In its Google+ post today, the Glass team said, "We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response! There were so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications. We've certainly learned a lot through this whole process and it's inspiring to hear how much passion there is for Glass."

Although the contest was for individuals only, Google said there were businesses that submitted some good ideas.

If you entered the contest and won, you should find out soon: "keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass to see if you've been invited," the post said.

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Contest winners will still have to pay $1,500 for the specs.

Here's the complete Google+ post:

The results are in

A few weeks ago we revealed that we were seeking Explorers to help us shape the future of Glass. To do that, we asked people across Google+ and Twitter to tell us what they would do #ifihadglass. We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response! There were so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications. We've certainly learned a lot through this whole process and it's inspiring to hear how much passion there is for Glass.

Now for the really exciting bit... we know you've all been waiting patiently, which is why we're pleased to announce that the results are in. Over the next few days we'll be sending out invitations to our Explorer Program through Google+ and Twitter. So, keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass to see if you've been invited.

We also want to call out that we received great applications from businesses. At the moment, our Explorer Program is only for individuals. However, we are working on connecting with businesses in other ways.

We're thrilled to be expanding the Explorer Program and we cannot wait to meet our new Explorers.

Remember to follow us on Google+ and Twitter. If you want to learn more about Glass, sign up here to stay informed: www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one

 

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