Search giant Google announced on Tuesday that it had chosen 8,000 winners for its #ifihadglass campaign, according to a report from The Business Insider.
Last month, the company asked people across Twitter and Google+ to share what they would do if they had Google’s yet-to-be-released Glass device, and the ones with the best posts will get the chance to test out the device.
Google said that it is looking for a diverse group of people who can help develop the future of Glass, as the device is not just a piece of technology that can be shaped inside a conference room. Hence, the company needs explorers who will take it out into the real world and use it in as many ways as possible.
The results are now in. In the next few days, the company will message several thousands of people in Google+, inviting them to join the Explorer program, said the search giant.
However, the chosen ones will have to fork out US$1,500 for each Google Glass, which is expected to hit the market near the end of the year or in early 2014.
The lucky winners are a diverse and creative group. Max Wood from Georgia plans to improve fire safety with Google glass. San Francisco Zookeeper Anthony Brown wants to show the feeding habits of penguins. Herschel Taghap of Seattle wants people to see what it is like to be a line cook. Sarah Hill from Missouri plans to let veterans use the glass so they can view war memorials from afar, while Shannon Rooney will go to Japan so her grandmother in the US can revisit her home country through her eyes.