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Google ready to start shipping Glass to #ifihadglass Explorers

The wait is almost over for the 8,000 early-bird users who signed up this spring

May 24, 2013 12:42 PM ET

Computerworld - For the 8,000 or so people who signed up this spring to be Glass Explorers, your wait for the computerized eyeglasses may just about be over.

Google announced Thursday on its Project Glass page on Google+ that it is getting ready to ship Glass to everyone accepted into the early adopter #ifihadglass program.

"In February, we opened up the Explorer Program by asking people across Google+ and Twitter what they would do if they had Glass," wrote Google. "We were looking for bold, creative individuals to become our next wave of Explorers -- and wow, did we get them. Over the next few weeks, we'll be slowly rolling out invitations to successful #ifihadglass applicants."

Over the past few months, Google had been working to get prototypes of Glass into the hands of the developers and early adopters who signed up last summer to receive them. A source at Google told Computerworld during Google I/O that the company was working furiously to simply supply that first wave of adopters.

Now, it appears that the second wave - the Glass Explorers - should start to receive their wearable computers in the next few weeks.

"We're thrilled to be moving into the next phase of our Explorer Program and we hope to expand in the future," the company noted on Google+.

Last week during Google I/O, the company's annual major developer conference in San Francisco, a lot of developers were walking around the conference center wearing Glass. Many of them were testing them out, as they had just received them that week.

Users said they had been told to expect updates or additions to the Glass software every few weeks.

Google noted during its I/O conference that it is quickly expanding its ecosystem of apps for Glass. Partners, including the New York Times, CNN, Facebook, Twitter and Elle magazine all have apps for the computerized glasses now.

This article, Google ready to start shipping Glass to #ifihadglass Explorers, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

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