Google Sells Glass at Exclusive Florida Golf Event
Google Glass is not publicly available, but it was recently for sale at a PGA tournament in Florida, suggesting Google may be close to an official launch.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Google Glass still isn’t available to public, at least not without an invite to its Glass Explorer Program, but the company is apparently using some unique sales channels to get the word out about its much-hyped wearable computer as it preps an official release.
I’m no golfer, and I’ve honestly never heard of the event. But it’s apparently a PGA event with a purse of $10,000,000, so it was probably safe for Google to assume it would draw some golfers with deep pockets—and goofy golf pants. Google also reportedly threw in some sort of camera that attached to a golf club to sweeten the deal, which at $1,500 is understandably tough to swallow for many interested parties.
I’ve been writing about Glass a lot lately. I’m an Explorer, and though I honestly have trouble finding uses for the gadget, I think it’s packed with potential, particularly for organizations. Most of the people I talk to about Glass immediately complain about the price, though. It’s clear Google needs to do something about that price tag if it ever wants to sell Glass to people who aren’t wealthy golfers. Estimates suggest Glass costs between $80 and $152 to produce, so a significant cost reduction seems reasonable and imminent.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.