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October 31, 2013

A Glimpse at Google Glass Accessories: Unsurprisingly, They Are Pricey

Are you coveting Google Glass, the search giant’s soon-to-be-mainstream wearable technology in the form of “smart glasses”? Better get ready to open your wallet, in more ways than one. The device itself will retail for about $1,500, if media sources are to be believed, but even the accessories for Google Glass are pricey.

According to Marketing Land, the accessories will be available to users when they access a “My Glass” control panel to manage their devices and its apps. It’s also reachable via the Google Glass Help Web site, which has a new section called “Accessories” that links to sections labeled Charger, Earbuds, Shades and shields, Swapping frames and Pouch.

So far, there are prices available for four items: an Extra Mono Earbud for $50, a Clear Shield for $75, an Extra Cable and Charger for $50 and an Extra Pouch for $50. All items except the “Clear Shield” so far are marked “out of stock.” There are also reports that Google has “partnered with Maui Jim and Zeal Optics to include a sunglass shade with every new Glass.”

While the device has yet to see a wide release, there are some already using them. They were chosen as Google Glass “Explorers” by the company. There are currently about 10,000 “Explorers,” all of whom shelled out $1,500 for the privilege of testing the device in advance of the generation population.

Marketing Land notes that some Explorers are accessing the store at glass.google.com/getglass, but others are unable to see the store because Google isn’t recognizing their accounts as being a Glass owner.

While the precise release date for Google Glass still unavailable and is generally accepted to be sometime next year, there are media reports that a mysterious floating barge that has been moved into San Francisco Bay could be a marketing and distribution platform – think a floating Google Glass store – that will coincide with the full release of Google Glass. An industry source of CNet has said that "the company plans to float the Glass stores from city to city by rivers, and that the idea for the project came straight from either Larry Page or Sergey Brin, Google's founders."

Edited by Alisen Downey

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