With Google Glass going for $1500, many are questioning who will be able to afford the high-end wearable tech product that is already garnering controversy even before it has launched fully to the general public. In the San Francisco Bay Area, wearers of the new tech have faced a backlash over wearing the glasses and have even been barred from restaurants and bars while wearing them.
Other users in the region and across the country have been attacked while wearing them, highlighting the growing concern over the issue of privacy.
Now, less than one month after Google pushed the wearable tech in a one-day sale of the product for the hefty $1500 price, rumors appear to have been confirmed that the company has been looking to get golfers to buy the Glass and become Explorers themselves. All this, apparently, was done in secret without public knowledge.
Google did not respond to queries from Tech Times on the matter.
Based on reports, Google attempted to sell the Glass product this past weekend at The Players Championship PGA event at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The idea is that Google Glass would be a welcome addition to golfers, who may want to have immediate access to wind speeds, distances to the hole and other aspects of the game while on the course.
Sales for Google Glass devices were "much better than expected," reports Richard Ranick via Twitter, the person who first publicly talked about the company's efforts to sell the wearable tech at the PGA event.
It has led to even more controversy over Glass, and online the debate has split into two sides, with one supporting Google's efforts to promote their product while on the other, many users are frustrated that the company continues to use secrecy in dealing with the new technology.
Google has even teased users who are looking for the Glass to go to the general public and hope that they can get their hands on them sooner rather than later. But Google continues to be a little coy over the future of the device, which continues to see updates and changes.
"In the last six months, we've been amazed and inspired by our Explorers and the individual perspectives you bring. A few weeks ago, we opened up our site for a single day. The response was overwhelming - we almost ran out of inventory and had to close things down early. We've since built our inventory back up and plan to continue to accelerate new ways to expand the program in the weeks and months ahead," Google wrote.