This morning in the Financial Times an article cited sources saying that Google planned a 'substantial' increase in production of 'Glass' units during the run up to Christmas. This was followed this afternoon by the company itself announcing a new Invite A Friend program that asks current Glass owners to invite up to three friends to purchase their own Glass. If you'll remember it was only a couple of months ago that the company had allowed Glass owners to ask one friend to join them in the Explorer program and now that appears to have been increased to an additional three in this new initiative.
Up until now through the early phases of Glass adoption mostly through the Explorer program about 10,000 units have been produced and sold to early adopters. This quadrupling of the Glass user base seems to be the first step the company is taking towards mass adoption when Glass is expected to be available to the public sometime in 2014. Another announcement today has to do with current owners of Glass and a new version of hardware that the company is making available that appears to have been slightly tweaked to allow the use of color as well as prescription lenses. Current Glass owners will be allowed to exchange their current pair for the new model free of charge, and even have the option of choosing a different color than their original.
It really seems that the Glass operation in Google is picking up steam. This time next year we won't be surprised to see them fairly common place around town. So now...who feels like donating 'Glass' to GoogleGlassForum.net so we can start posting about it. Financial TimesGoogle Glass Google Page