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Google's Explorer Program is once again open to the public, just as it was last month. Like before, cost of entry is $1,500, which in return makes you an "Explorer," which is Google's clever way of avoiding the term "beta tester." Not that there's anything wrong with being a beta tester, especially when the product is fairly refined, but Explorer sure does sound a whole lot better when you're being asked to plunk down one and a half large to join the party.
When Google opened up its Explorer Program to the general public last month, users flocked to Glass and quickly depleted Google of it's "Cotton" (white) Glass inventory. As of this writing, Cotton is again available, though "Charcoal" (black) is currently out of stock. The remaining three colors are up for grabs and include "Tangerine" (orange), "Shale" (gray), and "Sky" (blue).
"Last week we told you we'd be trying out new ways to find Explorers. Well, we weren’t kidding. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta. We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand," Google stated on Google+.
There's been a bit of hubbub since the last time Google offered up its Glass devices to mere mortals (read: non-celebrities). A teardown analysis suggested the bill of materials of each Glass is just $80, the most expensive part being the processor. However, the teardown didn't take into consideration research and development costs. A spokesman for Google denied the BOM cost, calling the estimate "absolutely wrong."
If you want to join (or just check it out), head over to the Glass website.