updated 03:39 pm EDT, Thu April 17, 2014
Google Glass Home Try-On scheme sends Glass units, frames to customers
Google has started a pilot scheme where it sends potential Google Glass customers test units, so they can try the device on from home. E-mails sent to people who had previously let Google know they wanted to buy the device, offering for a free "home try-on kit" to be sent to them, including a variety of Glass units and its Titanium Collection prescription frames.
The e-mail, spotted by 9to5google, advises recipients to call a specific number to order the pack, which puts a temporary $50 charge on a credit card until it is safely returned. All of the Titanium Collection frames are included in the it in different colors, accompanied by Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, and Sky color variants of the Glass device itself. Even though four Glass units will be sent out, the units have non-functioning charging ports, so the devices will not boot up completely. While participants have up to ten days to try out the devices, it is not clear when they will be able to buy their chosen device and frame combination.
E-mail sent to customers about Google Glass Home Try-On Program
The tone of the e-mail, as well as the wide choice of frames and units offered, suggests that the program's aim is to ease potential user concerns about their appearance while wearing it. The e-mail suggests for the user to "show your friends and family, and decide which frame and color suits you best," which could help spread awareness of the device and alleviate fears of those wary of the headwear.
The timing of the program is apt, as details surfaced shortly after Google opened up the Glass for a limited sale earlier this week. On April 15th, customers in the United States were given just one day to buy the device for $1,500 plus sales tax.