Google offers free Glass test drives in LA, SF, and NYC

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Now that anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 in their pocket can pick up a pair of Google Glass, the search giant wants to encourage more people to stop by and try out the high-priced futuristic wearable. Google is now accepting appointments at its "Basecamp" (read: showroom) locations in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for anyone to get a Glass demo for free.

You can't just wander into these Glass stores, though. (They're likely way too understaffed for that.) You'll need to schedule an appointment to try out Google's wearable, as first noticed by Engadget.

Glass garnered a lot of interest when it first came out, but is currently losing at least some of its appeal thanks to the rise of Android Wear. Unlike the higher-priced Glass, Wear devices are currently available at prices under $250. Wear smartwatches also have the added benefit of not drawing as much attention as the cyborg-like Glass does—even with the added touch of Von Furstenberg style.

There's also a faster growing catalog of apps for the Android-powered smartwatches, but that will change in the coming months when Glass gets the same notification functionality as Wear.

Despite its downsides, there's a lot to like about Glass, with its point-of-view image-taking capabilities and heads-up display for directions, texts, and news flashes. As Google is able to miniaturize the devices into something less obtrusive, not to mention cheaper, the platform will most likely gain larger appeal.

But for those just curious about what it's like to have a tiny camera and mini-display strapped to your head, just schedule an appointment for Google's Glass shops in NYC, LA, or SF.

This story, "Google offers free Glass test drives in LA, SF, and NYC" was originally published by TechHive.

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