Depending on who you talk to, the news of Google making its much-hyped Google Glass available to the masses for purchase is either the greatest announcement for the growth of new innovation or the sign of a privacy apocalypse.
In a post on Google+ on Tuesday evening, Google said that it is making a move toward a more “open beta” of the product that was previously only available to those who received an invite for its Google Glass Explorer Program and for folks lucky enough to score a pair in its recent one-day sale.
The Glass Explorer Edition is now be available for purchase by anyone in the U.S., so long as they can afford the $1,500 price tag and the company has the product in stock.
Don’t be surprised, with the city’s large tech-savvy student population and scores of startup and innovation economy workers, if Google Glass becomes much more common in Boston.
Many will rejoice today at the news of more widespread availability of Google Glass, citing all the awesome possibilities for its use. The Globe’s Callum Borchers recently profiled a pilot program at Beth Israel Deaconess where doctors are using Google Glass in innovative and potentially life saving ways.
However, there are others who will bemoan the floodgates being opened for the spread of “Glassholes” walking around with their creepy face computers/cameras, invading the privacy of people walking through the Boston Public Garden or folks grabbing beers at a local bar.
I know one thing: It will be fun to watch the slow growth of Glass, or its possible demise, firsthand as more Bostonians get their hands on the ultimate tech accessory/unnecessary egomaniacal appendage.