As Google gets closer to releasing its first batch of hi-tech glasses — called “Google Glass: Explorer Edition,” due out at some point in early 2013 — the company is increasingly gauging user interest and even advice on the project.
Specifically, Google Glass community advocate Sarah Price took to her profile page on Google Plus over the weekend to post a photo of her wearing a pair of the Google Glass specs in a new color: a “neutral shade” somewhere between gray and brown. Price then asked her over 27,000 followers which of the colors Google has shown-off so far that they like best.
As Price wrote:
“We’ve been experimenting with different colors for Glass - you’ve probably noticed from pictures of Googlers wearing them. Here’s a neutral shade I’ve been trying out for the last week or two. We’re still testing them so I don’t know what will launch, but I’ve liked almost every color I’ve tried. What’s your favorite from the ones you’ve seen?”
Here’s the photo Price posted of herself wearing the new shades:
Google has previously released photos of Google Glass in black, white, orange (or “tangerine,” as some Googlers refer to it) and light blue. Here are some images previously published by Google showing those colors, in order:
Price also took to the comments in her post to respond to some user suggestions, such as one for removable, snap-on colored frames for the hi-tech specs. Price noted that this might prove difficult because Google Glass contains a “touchpad” for controlling the glasses off to the right hand side of the frames.
Regarding the availability of prescription Google Glass lenses, which Google engineers have previously stated are a goal, Price wrote: “Still working on the solution for prescription lenses — no updates there quite yet but we’re continuing to make progress.”
Meanwhile, New York City-focused blog Gothamist on Sunday reported seeing a Google employee — presumably one of the over 3,500 based out of the company’s Chelsea offices — wandering around the East Village with a pair of Google Glass specs on. The employee declined to pose for a photo, reportedly stating: “No, please. I’d get in trouble. There really aren’t many of us. And I can’t really tell you a whole lot about them. Sorry.”