Google Glass testers, dubbed “Explorers” by the company, will soon be able to trade in their current pair for a new Google Glass version.

Through Google +, Google released a statement announcing the upgraded product that features improved hardware. The company mentions their intention to work on areas of the software that could be improved, but that the upgraded models they have ready solely feature hardware advancements.

“This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we’ll also include a mono earbud,” the statement reads.

The statement also revealed that the current 10,000 or so Explorers will also be able to have three friends join the testing program, provided they’re willing to fork over the $1,500 price tag.

"Over the next few weeks, all Explorers will have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program," the post said. "They'll be able to buy Glass online and can have it shipped to their home, office, treehouse or igloo. We're counting on you to get Glass to the people you think will make great Explorers."

Glass, which promises to be a part of the next wave of hands-free technology, allows for wearers to access emails, texts and Google Maps, and capture photos and video feed.

It has yet to be revealed when exactly Glass will be available for purchase by the general public, but the smart devices are expected to hit the market next year.

– Chelsea Regan

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