To date, Google has only made Glass available to Explorers in the United States. I’m not entirely sure why that is, it might be to do with certification, logistics, or perhaps the original idea of personally handing over Glass to each and every buyer.
Either way, it means that if you reside "over the pond" in the UK as I do, you’re out of luck for getting your own unit — your best option is a really good buddy who lets you try out their Glass.
But what’s it like using the ground-breaking device in the UK?
Perhaps it is those who aren't wearing Google Glass who are more conspicuous, trying their best to not look.
While chatting to fellow Glass users, I’m often availed with stories of being frequently approached, questioned and asked for demos, as if a surprisingly large proportion of the populace knows exactly what Glass is. I don’t know how true that is (I suspect in culturally technology focused cities it happens more), but here in the UK while I have experienced that on a couple of occasions, the response is usually somewhat different.
First up: "The stare." This is by far the most common response to walking around wearing Glass (which, by the way, takes a little while to build up the courage to do regularly). People just look, in a "What on earth is that?" way. They don’t say anything, they just look.
Running a close second to the stare is "the averted look." Rather than be seen to be staring, some people look away from you when you’re walking around wearing Glass. They then try and sneak a glance when they think won’t be spotted doing so. It’s all about being British and reserved, you know.
A slightly more worrying response I’ve seen is the "are you recording?" question. I guess people see a camera on Glass and become naturally suspicious that they are being filmed. One could argue that the starers, and the averters are probably thinking this, too, but just don’t say it!
When you do tend to get the questions, interest or requests to "have a go" is when you either know the person, when you have broken the ice first, or when it’s that most uninhibited group of all — kids! While visiting a friendly recently wearing Glass, his son walked into the room, said "Wooooooooah, Google Glass!" and after having a go let it be known to his dad that they are now top of his Christmas list. Oops. :)
When you start a conversation about Glass, people are generally fascinated. If people do try it, most are blown away. Why wouldn’t they be? Glass is amazing.