Google headsets on one day sale

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Google Glass will be available to consumers for a single day next week, the technology giant has announced.

In a post on its own social network; Google+, the search engine developer announced that on April 15, consumers will be able to purchase the headset from the company's website for a 24 hour period. The sale is only available to customers in the US, however this will be the first time the general public will have the chance to buy Glass.

Until now, the device has only been available to Google-approved developers, and while this will change, the price remains at 1,500 dollars (£896).

Google Glass started as a concept project in 2012, before going into development shortly after as a headset that syncs with your smartphone and enables users to have their messages and other digital interactions appear in their peripheral vision as they go about their day.

Users can also take photos and make video calls using the device.

"We'd planned to post this next week, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now," said Google in the post, referring to leaked documents which hinted at the sale.

"Next Tuesday, we're opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for 1500 dollars plus tax - and it now comes with your favourite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in."

Wearable technology is a growing trend; social network giant Facebook recently purchased virtual reality headset developer Oculus VR for two billion dollars (£1.19bn) with experts suggesting the acquisition could see the headset enter the mainstream market for the first time as a result.

Google has also been experimenting with further uses of wearable technology in recent times, with the development of a smart contact lens that can monitor glucose levels in the tear ducts to help sufferers of diabetes.

The announcement comes just two days after travel comparison site Skyscanner published a report into the future of travel that suggests wearable technology like Google Glass and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets will help consumers preview holiday destinations and walk around virtual versions of them from within their own home before booking.