Google Glass goes on sale in the UK

Google Glass - the smart eyewear that delivers messages, news and calls directly to its wearer's field of view - has been made available to users in the UK for the first time.

Google Glass is now available in the UK Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Britons will now be able to buy the device directly from the Glass website for £1,000 as part of the product's Explorer Program - the name Google gives to users of the device, who they say are testing it for them in real life situations.

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Ivy Ross, the head of Google Glass, said: "Technology is at its best when it fits seamlessly into our lives and lets us get on with whatever we're doing. Our goal for Glass is exactly that - to make it easier to bring people the technology they rely on without drawing them out of the moment."

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Google Glass is available for £1,000. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The Glass Explorer Program allows anyone over the age of 18 to buy the prototype headset and until now had only been open to US residents, giving them the chance to test Glass while it is still being developed by the search engine giant.

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