Posted on April 15, 2014

Eyeing Google Glass? Check out the one-day only sale

April 15th is Tax Day here in the United States, but this year it’s also the day that anyone in the U.S. can purchase the beta version of Google Glass for less than the cost of the average tax refund.

Beginning at 9 a.m. EST Google Glass is up for public purchase for only $1,500 (plus sales tax and shipping fees). Buyers who’ve been eyeing their own pair of the wearable computer with optical head-mounted display can take advantage of this sale, but supplies are limited. Purchasers of Google Glass will also receive a sunglasses shade or one of Google’s newly-introduced prescription glasses frames.

The sale is an expansion of Google Glass’ Explorer Program, which launched in 2012. “Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. But every day we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want to get your feedback too. So in typical Explorer Program fashion, we’re trying something new,” said Google in an announcement on their Google+ page.

Terms of sale say that Google Glass cannot be resold or loaned, but it may be purchased a gift — perhaps you want to show your loved one a whole new world? Google also states that they reserve the right to deactivate the device as well as limit the number of products customers can order. People who purchase Google Glass today will be considered new members of the ever-expanding Explorer Programs and Google will be seeking feedback from users on the product.

News of the one-day only event broke last week. More than 642,000 people follow the Google+ page for Glass. Its Facebook page has about 90,000 Likes and 142,000 users currently follow the official Google Glass Twitter feed.

A non-Explorer Program version of Google Glass is expected to be released later this year.