Google Glass could ship this year, to sell for less than $1500

On February 23, 2013, in Hot Info, by Indra Vladvamp

Google-Glass-Sergey-BrinSergey Brin demonstrates Google Glass at I/O in June 2012

After months of not hearing any news, Google announced a Google Glass hackathon called the Glass Foundry in late January or Early February in San Francisco and New York. This invitation-only event is aimed at developers who have signed up and paid the $1,500 fee for the developer edition. An email was sent to Explorer Program developers with an unspecified number of slots for the two day event. Even though Google has been silent with any official news, Google Glass has been receiving a lot of media attention. Time Magazine named it as one of the “Best Inventions of 2012.” At the same time, the wearable tech has also become the subject of ridicule as being too geeky for the average user to wear. The Glass Project was intended to create an augmented reality head-mounted display, which would show information like a smartphone. It would run on Android, and controlling the device will be hands free, such as through head movements, gesture and voice control. For instance, Google envisions the device to let users browse the internet using natural language commands.  Google has promised to actually deliver at the event — developers will receive their Google Glass at the hackathon, where they will be given the opportunity to build all sorts of apps and products.

There have been prior attempts at an augmented reality tools, as well as head mounted displays. But so far, these attempts have not been successful in the market. Glass Project lead Babak Parviz was earlier interviewed to hint that the company expects developers and users to find the platform interesting, although there are still doubts as to the actual applications. The hackathon is meant to explore these different possibilities. As a recap, the Glass Project was introduced to the public during Google’s I/O developer conference in June last year. The prototype presented had audio and video capability, a built-in compass and accelerometer. Users can control the device with head movements. Since then, it has been used by Diane von Furstenberg during the New York Fashion Week. Models filmed the audience while they walked the runway. Other improvements and plans include voice commands, a touch pad and phone call capability.

At Glass Foundry, agenda for the first day will be about developing the software for the AR platform. The second day will be for showcasing the demos, where special guest judges will decide on the best ones. Target date for the actual release of Google Glass to the public is by the end of 2013, and it is expected to sell for the same price as a smartphone. The $1,500 developer kit includes a working Glass, as well as tools and the API for the device, which should enable developers to build apps and interfaces for the wearable tech. Developers can pre-register for the event  until January 18, and the event is set either for January 28-29 in San Francisco or February 1-2 in New York.



Glass, Google’s futuristic wearable computer, is about to become an item that regular consumers can actually buy. Previous clues provided by the Mountain View company pegged the Glass for a 2014 release, but The Verge reported today that Google is pushing to ship a product by the end of the year. There’s some good news on the pricing front as well. While Google declined to be more specific, it appears that the device will cost less than $1500, the price that the company currently asks for the Glass. Although the price reduction was predictable, given the economies of scale that appear when a device is mass manufactured, it’s good to hear something official on the theme.

Those who signed up for the Explorer program during last year’s Google I/O were able to pre-order the Glass for $1500, although no units have shipped yet, as far as we know. Google extended what is essentially a beta testing program this week, giving “creative individuals” the chance to buy a Glass by submitting a short application on Google Plus or Twitter. When it goes on sale, the Glass will be “fully-polished” according to a Google rep. Judging from the fact that the project recently received a home of its own on Google’s website, a branding, and a promo video that details the user interface, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Sergey Brin’s team is preparing the commercial launch of the Glass. The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky scored some time with the Glass, which he calls “the future”, and he collected his impressions in this excellent article that I suggest you check it out.

Google Glasses Infographic – Check out these awesome potential real-life applications


We’ve seen Sergey Brin wear a prototype of it on the street. We’ve watched numerous parodies of it on YouTube and how the technology was ridiculed by the likes of Jon Stewart (he’s old, so he probably doesn’t get it).  We’ve also seen people who just can’t wait until the real thing comes out so they made their own version, which may as well represent the view of a good chunk of our readers.

Yes, Google Glasses is the buzz word on everyone’s lips. Come on, it’s practically a PC (of Android flavor) on your glasses, which lets you double nod instead of double click. How can it not be a cool thing? Rhetorical question aside, the whole thing just doesn’t feel complete without an – wait for it – Infographic of Google Glass and all of its potential applications and uses. We say all, but there are only nine things listed here. The Terminator vision is a cool one, but predicting the end of tablet and smartphones  – well, that’s a rather bold prediction. We’ll say no more and let you read the Infographic, which was produced by the good folks at Seetio.


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