The development of Google Glass continues to press on towards an eventual and long-awaited public release after reportedly initiating its next step, with a public trial release that is… private.
The trial launched by Google is believed to be one which will allow potential customers of their ‘wearable technology’ headset to practice their skills on a ‘dummy version’ of the upcoming product, though limiting the scheme to within the user’s own homes. And by ‘skills’, Google would in this context probably mean ‘the ability to wear something over one eye’.
Under the unusual initiative, the internet search engine giants are believed to be distributing upon request to any user a made-for-the-moment model of sample headset, designed primarily as physical placeholders that let customers get a feel for the device through touch, holding, and wearing, matching the specifications size-wise (and aesthetically, in offering all four primary colour schemes plus ‘Titanium Edition’ dummies) for the planned end product.
The key components that the test versions will not have, though, is function or power, with 9to5Google reporting that the sets will arrive at a user’s home with no charge and ‘deactivated USB ports’ to prevent any power from getting through.
Available only for American users, the trial is noted as being free for participation for anyone who applies, albeit with a required $50 ‘card hold’ deposit until the safe return of a unit dispatched. Even if that money would be returned, it would be a real statement of commitment to the product and/or technology industry for anyone who takes part in the trial to either ‘test wear’ or ‘try on’ the product months in advance of having a functioning version…