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Wednesday is last day to apply to be a Google Glass explorer

Post your request on Google+ or Twitter by end of day

Can't wait to try a pair of Google's upcoming computerized glasses? You better get your request to be a Glass explorer in today.

Wednesday is the last day to apply to be in the first group to test the wearable computers.

Mountain climber Nelson Dellis says in this twitpic that if Google picks him to be a Glass explorer, he'll take the wearable computer on his climb up Mount Everest.

A week ago, Google put out a call inviting users to apply to be "explorers" -- testers who would tell developers how they use the glasses. The glasses have a translucent interface on the right eyeglass, showing options for taking photos, shooting video, sharing, searching or pulling up map overlays.

Using the hashtag #ifihadglass, users apply on either Google+ or Twitter by explaining in 50 words or less what they would do with the computerized glasses. Applicants also must be over 18 and live in the U.S.

But be prepared to open your wallet if you are chosen. Explorers have to pay $1,500 plus tax for the glasses and travel expenses to attend a special "pick-up experience," in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Google did not respond to a request for information about how many people applied, how many will be chosen or when they will be chosen.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Team tweeted its request saying, "#ifihadglass, the world would see #Olympians through a new, inspiring lens."

And Food & Wine magazine tweeted: "#ifihadglass we could give the world an all-access pass to everything FOOD & WINE. Test kitchen magic, restaurant and chef intel and beyond."

Mountain climber Nelson Dellis said he wants to take Glass on a big trek. "#ifihadglass I'd take it up Mt. Everest 2 document the 2 month climb. Leaving April 1. My 2nd attempt," he tweeted.

The interest in Glass also sparked bids of more than $15,000 on eBay. A pair of the glasses was put up for auction, grabbing attention with bids that reached $15,900. However, the offered turned out to be a scam and was pulled down before anyone paid 10 times Google's price for an explorer pair.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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