As a thank you for participating in #throughglass2014 , Google sent Glass Explorers a new version of Glass right around the same time the wearable graduated from Google[x] to tide them over until Glass launches in a consumer version. The latest version of Glass is quite different from previous iterations of the smart wearable. Let's take a look.
Just like other versions of Glass, this version does require Glassware to be installed to fully use the product as it was intended. I chose to install the provided hot chocolate mix, but added third party marshmallows to complete the experience. It's quite relieving to learn that Google still allows unofficial Glassware on this version too, without it, my hot chocolate wouldn't have been the same.
The new Glass can't be worn on top of your head, but can be loosely attached to one's hand while using the product for short intervals. Your wearing mileage may vary depending on how hot your Glass gets. Yes, sadly, this version is prone to getting warm too. However, unlike the previous Glass, this version seems to cool down the longer your use it.
The usefulness of the new Glass is short lived though. I haven't figured out how to connect the device to my WiFi and pairing with Bluetooth seems to fail too. I've also found that the voice commands that are vital to previous Glass Explorer models aren't available on the new version. Thankfully, I have found a work around that seems to provide similar results. Shouting 'ok glass get me some hot chocolate' or 'ok glass brew me some tea' does yield results if attempted over and over...and over again. Though, this could be because I was driving my wife insane and she opted to fill the request to get me to shut the hell up. Your mileage may vary.
I'm not really sure where Google plans to take Glass, but the Mug variant does seem like a bit of a stretch based on it's limited usefulness. That said, this is the first version of it's kind and I'm sure we'll see future revisions as time goes on in typical Google fashion.