Google's Glass Explorer programme has launched in the UK, letting over 18s purchase a prototype version of the wearable technology for £1,000.
The Glass Explorer prototype glasses are designed to help Google continue to develop and fix problems with the technology before its wider global release.
Google releases regular software updates for Glass based on data gathered from Explorers. Google head of Glass Ivy Ross said the Explorer programme and regular updates are designed to ensure the device meets high expectations for general use by the time of its full release.
"Technology is at its best when it fits seamlessly into our lives and lets us get on with whatever we're doing. Our goal for Glass is exactly that – to make it easier to bring people the technology they rely on without drawing them out of the moment," she said.
Despite being in the prototype stage the Explorer Glass already offers users a variety of powers, including access to Google services and augmented reality applications.
Google Glass has drawn the interest of several developers and companies. The firm announced the Guardian, Star Chart, Zombies, Run! and Goal.com as new Glassware partners at the Explorer UK launch event on Monday.
It is unclear why the trial is restricted to those over 18, although this could be due to contract issues. We will be updating this article once we find out from Google.
V3 had an eyes-on look at an early version of Google Glass in July 2013, and found the technology – while still in early development – has the potential to be a great enterprise tool.
For a breakdown of the biggest ways Google Glass could benefit enterprise companies, check out V3's Top 10 Google Glass uses that could revolutionise business feature.
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