Consumer version of Google Glass is still a year-ish away

By on April 23, 2013, 6:00 PM

Consumers hoping to get their hands on Google Glass later this year can likely scratch the device off their holiday wish list. The commercial version of the augmented reality visor is still about a year-ish away according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

During a recent interview with the BBC, Schmidt pointed out that developers are now receiving their kits and that it would be fair to say that there will be thousands of these units in use over the coming months. That of course is in addition to the contest winners that will also be receiving headgear over the next few months. Based on user feedback, Google will make some changes which will put the wearable computer about a year away.

It’s worth highlighting the fact that Schmidt didn’t give a solid release date but his words seem to go against the timeframe that Glass team members told The Verge just two months ago. At the time, the publication was told that Glass should be ready for a public release by the end of this year.

What’s more, the executive didn’t touch on the price of Glass. The current batch of Explorer edition glasses being developed by Foxconn in California command $1,500 – a price that’s sure to come down if Google hopes to make them a consumer hit.

One thing Schmidt did mention, however, was user privacy. He said it's obviously not appropriate to wear the glasses in situations where recording is not correct. Society will have to come up with new social etiquette to accommodate the device much like people had to do with smartphones, he noted.




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JC713 JC713 said:

This doesnt surprise me. But seriously, how much can you do with such a limited product.

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

This doesnt surprise me. But seriously, how much can you do with such a limited product.

Well, yeah, that's what the year is for. They've gotta figure how to market it since we sure can't figure why we should buy one.

Reminds me of the story of silly putty... when scientists discovered it it was really cool. It could bounce, stretch, copy ink onto it... they spent years trying to figure out some industrial use that could make money. They couldn't and it ended up a kids' toy.

Learn from history google... Cool doesn't mean it's a money maker.

JC713 JC713 said:

Well, I would look into it if it wasnt $1000 and it was so clunky. Current chips just arent small enough to fit into sleek glasses.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

This doesnt surprise me. But seriously, how much can you do with such a limited product.

Well, yeah, that's what the year is for. They've gotta figure how to market it since we sure can't figure why we should buy one.

Reminds me of the story of silly putty... when scientists discovered it it was really cool. It could bounce, stretch, copy ink onto it... they spent years trying to figure out some industrial use that could make money. They couldn't and it ended up a kids' toy.

Learn from history google... Cool doesn't mean it's a money maker.

Unless it contains some cool James Bond type features such as x-ray vision, a 'bad guy' killing & steel cutting laser beam. It would add new meaning to the saying 'If looks could kill". Mind you, you could also wind up looking ridiculous wearing these things.

Gopal Bhat Gopal Bhat said:

I'd get one as long as it isn't a gimped product like the current version is.

720p video with only 12GB of usable storage? Come on Google. Put a microSD card slot on there so we can use 64GB cards. They're plenty fast enough to record 1080p video too.

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