Google’s Glass Explorer program is not quite a contest, but it’s not open to the general public, either. Given the fact that those selected as “winners” still need to shell out $1500 to partake in the Project Glass beta program, more than a few wallets could come up as losers. So just how many individuals has Google extended an invitation to?
Culling Twitter to compile a list of invites, Andrej Karpathy, a PhD student at Stanford, has esteemed at least 4238 people have been contacted as part of the #ifihadglass campaign as of this morning. The number could still grow. Those selected include everyone from Newt Gingrich and Imogen Heap to more average folks with a few interesting ideas on how to use Glass. Of course, it’s up to them whether or not they commit to buying the futuristic eyewear (a task much easier for someone like Gingrich as opposed to you and me).
Developers also make up a large portion of those hoping to get an early look at Glass, and so far the future looks promising for the concept. More than just an expensive headcam that can dictate text messages, there are proposals for healthcare, education, safety applications and more (a more detailed list can be found at TechCrunch).
Any Phandroid readers among those selected? Do you plan on spending the cash to grab your own piece of Glass?