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Google Glass on sale to US public next week

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Glass: Google is opening up its Explorer program, but only in the US.

Glass: Google is opening up its Explorer program, but only in the US.

Online orders for Google Glass will begin next week in the US, in the company's biggest push to get the web-ready glasses out to the public.

For a limited time starting Tuesday April 15, Google will make the $US1500 wearable device available to more than just the select users such as apps developers in its "Glass Explorer" program.

The company did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited.

"Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too," the company wrote in a Google+ post.

"That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the US to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass."

There is currently no release date or price for Google Glass in Australia.

"To everyone outside the US ... we know. Sorry :( We're just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries," Google said.

Many tech pundits expect wearable devices to go mainstream this year, extending smartphone and tablet capabilities to gadgets worn on the body, from watches to headsets. Google has run campaigns in the past to drum up public involvement, including inviting people to tweet under the hashtag #ifihadglass for a chance to buy a pair of the glasses.

Google Glass has raised privacy concerns, prompting some legislators to propose bans on the gadget.

Reuters

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