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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:35

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Have you got $1500 lying around, live in the US and want to get bullied or beaten up for being a technophile? It's your lucky day - Google Glass has gone on sale to the public today.

Tech giant Google has just posted an update to the Glass Google+ account, announcing that Glass is now available for any US citizens to buy. The device, which has become extremely divisive for its perceived privacy and elitism issues, has until now only been available in beta for Google 'Explorers'.

While the Glass is still listed as the "Explorer Edition," meaning it's still a beta version, the US$1500 gadget is finally for the first time available for anyone to purchase.

“We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago,” Google said in a post on Google+.

“So we’ve decided to move to a more open beta.”

Supplies sold out in a few hours during an April one-day sale last month, though Google now isn't saying the availability isn't for a limited time. The company is saying however that the availability is for "as long as we have it on hand".

Google is also throwing in a pair of prescription frames with your purchass, which previously cost an additional $225. You'll have to take the frames to an optometrist to fit with lenses.

Glass, which lets users take photos, send messages and track their fitness from their eyes, has had an interesting trajectory since it was last launched to beta testers a year or so ago. At first it was exciting and futuristic with users clamouring to get their hands on it, but the excitement soon gave way to privacy fears, and common stories of users being physically abused.

Google is doing its best to counter these criticisms however and recently announced a partnership with Luxotica, the company behind Ray Bans, meaning Glass should soon be available in shops like Sunglass Hut sporting cool designs rather than the current unsubtle nerdtastic frames.

 

As iTWire's Ray Shaw also recently reported, Google Glass costs less than US$80 in materials.

If you live in the States or are headed there soon with a bit of extra cash to splurge, check out the Google Glass product page here.

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