First Google Glass wearers to be invited over next few days

The first Google Glass high-tech specs are about to start appearing on competition-winning faces around the world.

The first Google Glass high-tech specs are about to start appearing on competition-winning faces. In an official blog post, the big G reveals that lucky Glassees will be invited to get involved "over the next few days".

Google isn't just selling Glass as a thing you can buy. Instead, you're enrolled into an exclusive club, known as the Explorer Program, in which you're encouraged to test the limits of the voice-controlled, camera-packing, Web-connected facial furniture.

To get your hands on Glass, prospective wearers were encouraged to enter a competition highlighting what you'd do with Google Glass -- presumably beyond walking round looking like a bit of a plank. Entries included all sorts of suggestions to make use of the built-in camera, from medicine to extreme sports.

Later, Glass will go on sale as normal for around £1,000. 

Also on the wearable technology front, Google is reported to be working on an Android smart watch . Smart watches are set to be the next thing after rumours began to swirl that Apple is working on a so-called iWatch .

High-tech spectacles may still prove to be the big wearable tech hit: other manufacturers including Microsoft are working on their own digital glasses.

But Glass is not universally popular. Privacy campaigners are up in arms about the ramifications of the device. A Seattle bar has already seized the PR opportunity to be the first to ban Glass, and it's also set to be banned while driving in the state of West Virginia.

I came face-to-face with Google Glass at a recent trade show, where I bumped into a Google employee bedecked with specs -- and found the light on the front to be a bit creepy, although from a privacy standpoint it leaves you in no doubt you're being filmed.

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