SAN FRANCISCO — Google is giving more people a chance to pay $1,500 for a pair of the Internet-connected glasses that the company is touting as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.
The product, dubbed ‘‘Google Glass,’’ will be offered to ‘‘bold, creative individuals’’ selected as part of a contest announced Wednesday. Participants must live in the United States and submit an application of up to 50 words explaining what they would do with the Google Glass technology. Entries must include the hash tag ‘‘ifihadglass’’ and be submitted through Google Plus or Twitter by next Wednesday. Google did not say how many glasses it will sell this way.
Winners will receive the ‘‘Explorer’’ version of Google Glass, a forerunner of the product that is expected to be released to the mass market next year. Google Inc. already sold an unspecified number of the glasses to computer programmers.
The people picked to buy the glasses will be notified in March. They will have to travel to New York, Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay area to pick them up.
Google Glass is supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smartphones, except the spectacles respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a screen.