Google Glass Augmented Reality Project Now Open To Regular People

What would you do with some nerdy-looking glasses that could show you contextual information right in your field of vision? Search the real world in real time, while walking down the street? Maybe something cooler?

Google wants to give you the chance to find out. 

Google is making its Glass project, the much-hyped wearable augmented reality glasses, available to a select few people outside of its Mountain View headquarters. All you need to do is send an application to Google saying why you are worthy - and include a check for $1,500.

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On Wednesday, Google announced a Glass campaign, “looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.” The lucky individuals who are accepted, to be known as Glass Explorers, will be chosen based on applications to Google with the following criteria:

  • Application must be 50 words or less
  • Include hashtag #ifihadglass in the application
  • Include up to five photos in the application
  • Include a short video (15 seconds max)
  • Be at least 18 years old

Google encourages prospective Glass Explorers to follow the Glass project on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) and/or Twitter (@projectglass). The deadline for applications is Feb. 27. Individuals chosen will be able to pick up their Glasses in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Google is the first to say that Glass is still in its very early stages. The search giant has tried to keep a tight lid on details of the project, from limited developer events to draconian non-disclosure agreements for those who ordered the glasses at the company's Google I/O developers event in May 2012.

What would you do if you had Glass? Would you be the uber-geek on the New York subway, the way that Google co-founder Sergey Brin was the other month? Would you jump giant buildings in a single bound and rescue kittens from treetops? Let us know what you would do #ifihadglass in the comments.