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Google picks 8000 winners of 'Glass' contest

Michael Liedtke (via AP/ SMH) | April 1, 2013

Prototype ... Google's Project Glass.

Prototype ... Google's Project Glass.

Google has picked out 8000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world.

The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last month requiring US residents to submit 50-word applications through Twitter or Google's Plus to explain how they would use a technology that is being hailed as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.

Google Glass tells the time.

Google Glass tells the time.

After sifting through a litany of ideas submitted with the hash tag "ifihadglass", Google began notifying the winners on Tuesday.

Prevailing in this contest might not seem like much of a victory if you aren't a technology fan. The winners will have to pay $US1500 apiece if they want a test version of the product, which is called "Google Glass". They also will have to travel to New York, Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area to pick up the device, which isn't expected to be available on the mass market until late this year or early next year.

But getting a chance to be among the first to experience Google Glass is being treated like a hallowed privilege among the tech set. Some contestants even likened it to winning one of the five golden tickets that entitled children to a lifetime supply of candy and a visit at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in the popular movie based on a book by Roald Dahl.

Google Glass


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