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Google Glass Explorer program finally opens to public

After many months of hype, now anyone can pay $1,500 to be threatened by surly Luddite pub patrons.

Get ready for Glass everywhere...maybe. Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Good news! Now that Google Glass has become something of a punch line or a pariah, and word is out that the markup on the cost of building each unit could be as high as 1,000 percent, the beta program to test out the wearable augmented-reality display is finally open to the public.

Don't all rush to put your $1,500 on the table at once, now.

The Glass team has very slowly been opening up the Glass beta test over the last year, first through invitations and recently by way of a one-day sale window that was open to the public. Now, in a post on Google+, the company says it's going to be keeping that window open, more or less: "starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand."

Keep in mind this is still an early version of the technology and not the final model that will be marketed to the average consumer, if that ever happens.

Google also put out the below video highlighting some of the cooler things that explorers have done with Glass so far. As usual, it's pretty inspiring but also omits any moments where Glass has been less than welcome in certain social situations.