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Online retailer claims to have Google Glass available for rent starting April 30th

If you’ve been dying to get your grubby little mits on Google Glass, but life never provided you the opportunity to 1. become a developer, or 2. possess the disposable income to shell out $1,500 for one — good news! It appears as if online retailer Borrowlenses.com is expecting to get receive some Glass specs of their own come April 30th and is currently offering rental pricing details for the futuristic eyewear. Borrowlenses was even nice enough to supply some handy hardware specs for the device.

Rental Rates

  • 3 days: $105
  • 1 week: $150
  • 10 days: $215
  • 2 weeks: 290
  • 3 weeks: 379
  • 4 weeks: 499

Specifications

  • 720p HD Video
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Broadcom 2.40GHz 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • Vibrating Speaker/Bone-Conduction Audio
  • Head-Mounted Display
  • Voice Command Processing
  • GPS
  • Time Lapse Capability (1 image every 10 secs)
  • 640-360 Eyepiece Resolution
  • Microphone
We would have immediately dismissed this as nothing more than a cruel April Fools prank, but the fact that they’re not being offered until April 30th is making us scratch our chins. Also, you may remember the incredibly strict NDA attached to Glass for developers attending the Glass Foundry hack-a-thons a few weeks back, where apparently nobody left the Foundry owning a pair of Glass for themselves. We can’t help but wonder if this would be a clear violation of Google’s NDA (no duh), causing Glass to possibly self destruct upon detecting a new user. The question I now ask you is… if this isn’t just another April fools prank, would any of you rent Google Glass at these rates?

Continue reading on the Google Glass forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • sunday39

    If this is true I would definitely do a 10 day trial

    • No_Nickname90

      10-Day trial? Where is this trial?

  • irishrally

    $1500 …

    I’m throwing a Google Glass party. $5 to get in and everyone gets to play with it for a while. 3 day party, just looking to break even on the rental. Beverages will be supplied. Chicks get in for free.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Threw an extra zero in there. Thanks.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      Ass, grass, or cash, everyone pays.

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  • No_Nickname90

    Oh… I don’t know how this makes me think. I’ll just wait until it shows in person.

  • http://twitter.com/TXTardis Paul Sargeant

    Hell no!

  • Jonathan DeJesus

    What a waste of money! imagine if someone rented them and broke them the same day. It will most likely happen to some unlucky bastard.

    • Unorthodox

      Some unlucky bastard? I guarantee almost every single Glass user will eat dirt at least once before they can walk with it.
      And yeah, April Fools!

  • http://twitter.com/darcmasta Joel Vasallo

    April Fools!

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Nice one Chris… You had me for a second :)

  • Guest

    Would be more believable if you had a source link. Nice try Mr. Chavez :P

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      It’s in the post!

  • Dan Doughty

    Yeah, ill go ahead and do the 3 day rental with insurance. Get myself a new pair of Google Glass for 140 bucks. Sure beats out the 1500 price tag. Might get a second pair at that cost.

    • Dan Doughty

      Looks like 12% for the claim. So maybe 300 for a pair. Ill just stick with the one pair then :)

  • Christopher Woodruff

    Honestly, at the price Google Glass has been announced for and these rental fees, I just don’t think it’s going to be worth it in the end. Electronics need to be affordable for the general public to latch onto them. Just look at the adoption of smartphones, DVD players, and game consoles. Once the prices drop, the public buys into it. Google Glass is going to have to sell in the sub $500 range for anyone to be interested and even then it’s a crap shoot. We have high quality bluetooth headsets, smartwatches, and even decent smartphones for less than $200. I’m not feeling very confident about Glass as time goes on.