On October 28, Google announced that they would be allowing current Glass (https://www.google.com/glass/) Explorers to invite up to 3 people to buy the newly announced Google Glass V2. Right then I knew I had to get an invite; and I did!
Last Year when Google announced the #ifihadglass contest to select the first(non i/o devs) round of Explorers , I submitted 5 times using all of my available active gmail accounts. I was not selected and I was disappointed. Once the devices started to ship I was on the lookout in NYC everyday. I once followed someone for two blocks because I thought they had a pair on, only to find out it was some strange sunglasses and a bluetooth. I was surprised that I had not come across a pair after all the time I spend crisscrossing the city all day. But I stayed vigilant and in June I spotted a pair. June 24 to be exact, I went to the Engadget.com reader meetup at 82Mercer with my fellow tech-geek buddy Tom. They had a bunch of presenters and some cool tech, but all was forgotten when I meet Jason.
It was the end of the night and Tom and I were tweeting to win some swag when Jason walked over. I glanced up and there it was; Google Glass. My attention turned to him and I started asking questions. The first one of course, can I please try it on. Jason politely obliged, and walked me through Glass. Luckily, my buddy Tom took this photo of us.
When the email for invites were being sent I went to work. Reddit, Twitter, Google+, Email. Meetup Groups, Blog contests, I started entering and writing messages to everyone and anyone that had invites. I remembered meeting Jason and had minimal contact with him after the event on Twitter since so I sent him a tweet. We ended up exchanging emails and I explained why I wanted to join the Explorers. I also had this picture to send along to remind him of our meeting back in June.
After a few days, Jason emailed me and let me know that he would be sending me an invitation! I was thrilled and immediately started thinking about how I was going to explain this to my wife. $1500 dollar device that was in no way a necessity wasn’t going to be an easy sell. I also needed to make sure that I wasn’t only getting it to say I had it. What was I going to do with it, how could I make this cost an investment and not just a buy?
The answer is develop, invent and create. I am looking forward to doing that and I know that having access to the technology so early I have a great opportunity to do so.
The rest of my buying experience was pretty awesome and I will share that in its own post soon. So for now, here is a picture of me with my new wearable.