By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 28, 2013 10:59 AM EST
Some people are apparently willing to pay a fortune to be among the first ones to have the futuristic Google Glass spectacles.
A fake eBay auction stands as proof, as more than 33 bidders tried their luck and prices went up to $15,900. The auctioneer, who goes by the handle "bla7kcat," was allegedly among the selected few to get the first pairs of Google's Glasses in Google's contest.
For those unfamiliar with the product, Google launched Project Glass to build "seamless, beautiful and empowering" technology, as the company describes it. Google Glass stemmed from Project Glass, aiming to help users share the world through their eyes, get relevant information or do other tasks.
Basically, Google Glass is a set of glasses with a built-in camera that serves as a third pair of eyes. The search giant recently held a contest called "If I Had Glass," urging consumers to share their ideas for using Google Glass in exchange for a chance to win the honor of buying a pair for $1,500.
Google Glass definitely made some waves, but as it turns out, some people are willing to pay a lot more than $1,500 for the futuristic technology. As previously mentioned, the faux eBay auction saw prices go up to $15,900 before the seller pulled the plug.
"I've been selected as an early adopter for Google's upcoming release," claimed the auctioneer. "You are buying a brand new unopened pair of Google's Project Glass glasses. I will be personally attending and picking up my pair in either Los Angeles or New York at Google's Glass launch event, which will take place sometime after February 27th. As for what colors will actually be available, will vary, if I am offered a choice, I will choose the color of your choice."
The Google Glass auction saw plenty of bids before being pulled. Ebay apparently pulled the plug on the offer because it was a fake listing, but this is just speculation. Google has yet to start actually distributing the glasses, but its contest was very popular.
It is not certain at this point exactly where things stand with this eBay auction; Google clearly said that "invitations are nontransferable." This means that even if bla7kcat's offer was real, Google would likely prevent the auctioneer from handing over the glasses to some bidder.
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