Potential Google Glass Explorers eager to get their hands on the product had a golden opportunity this week when Google held a public sale for one day only. Though the company did not reveal just how many units were sold during the sale, all of the spots made available in the Explorer Program were filled.
Google also announced that it had sold out of its white (aka "cotton") frames and said on its G+ page that although every spot in the program had been filled for now, the company is looking for more ways to expand the program and give more people the opportunity to get in on the Explorer beta testing action. The cost of joining the program is still $1,500.
Even if you missed out on a spot, it appears as though Google is offering a sort of "try before you buy" program for people who had previously expressed interest in the glasses. On Thursday, 9to5Google noted that a potential Explorer received an invitation to receive four Google Glass frames from the Titanium Collection in various colors to try on and send back.
The invitation says the pilot program is designed "to help you find the frame style and Glass color that fits you best before you purchase." Receiving the kit is free, but Google will place a $50 hold on customers' credit cards until the kit is sent back. The units are not functional, as the USB ports have been destroyed to prevent them being charged and used, but are in good shape and are meant to give testers an idea of which frame they would like best. 9to5Google also adds that some successfully called in to request a try-on kit, while later callers said an invitation was required.
Google Glass reportedly might be eyeing a date sometime later this year for release in America, but some retailers in China are already getting ahold of the product and selling units online.