Glass Explorer Edition Ships to Devs This May

At the Glass Collective event held on Wednesday, Google announced that Glass Explorer Edition could get into the hands of software developers within May, hinting that the first of these $1,500 unique augmented reality devices could be distributed at I/O, Google's annual developers conference, held from May 15 to 17, in San Francisco.

I/O 2013 could see Glass take center stage, and if Google has to launch the API called "Mirror," which drives custom apps for Glass, it needs to have the device itself in at least a few developers' hands.

Google didn't announce anything about the general availability of the device to consumers. In all likelihood, it's looking to build a sizable software ecosystem for the device before taking it to the masses. Last year, Google ran a contest, the winners of who, could get ahead of the queue to purchase the device.