Google Glass coming to consumers in 2014

In a new interview, Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed that the company's wearable computer will be available to consumers sometime in 2014.

Brin made the statements in an interview with Bloomberg Television following the company's I/O developer conference. The wait is due to the fact that Google wants to incorporate feedback from developers before making the product available to the general public, Brin said. "These 'explorer editions' I'd like to get out early next year," the Google co-founder said. "...And within a year after that I want to have a broad consumer offering."

According to Brin, the Google Glass team has learned a lot from the public since the product was revealed in April. Providing the wearable computers to developers will continue to bring out new ideas for the product before the general public is able to purchase it.

"This explorer edition—we could just keep developing this in our own little corner of the universe and many companies would secretly develop it and say 'ta da, here it is world,'" Brin said. "Since we've showed it to the public in April, we've gotten so many great ideas and so much feedback, we found it so valuable. We want to take that to the next level by letting other people, who are dedicated and serious and willing to be on the cutting edge, letting them do their own experimentation learnings that can feedback to us and affect our future designs and software."

Brin has been pleased by developer feedback, which he said has eased his concern about how the product will be received.

A prototype of Google Glass can be purchased by developers at the I/O conference for $1,500. When the project was first revealed in April, Google claimed it would have the device out later this year for $600.

Source: Bloomberg Television

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Master of Earth said,
no matter how good your product is, the crucial part is pricing. It's what the consumer see the value of it.

And "does it come in black?"

This is a wonderful and obvious evolution in how we'll consume our information. As technology improves and shrinks, it'll eventually be a simple implant. Sounds scary to some but it will be amazing watching everyone stand around with glazed looks on their faces.

Hahaiah said,
This is a wonderful and obvious evolution in how we'll consume our information. As technology improves and shrinks, it'll eventually be a simple implant. Sounds scary to some but it will be amazing watching everyone stand around with glazed looks on their faces.

I agree mostly, but there's no real need for an implant and I don't see the general public going for eye operations so they can get the latest HUD. If they can shrink it to the size of an implant then they could just put it on a contact lens. People are already working on this http://www.wesolveforx.com/#t=t&n=0ec8b0c2

Interesting concept but I just don't know how I feel about having an advertising company essentially plugged into my head and seeing everything I'm seeing.

pack34 said,
Interesting concept but I just don't know how I feel about having an advertising company essentially plugged into my head and seeing everything I'm seeing.

What? Why would they see everything you're seeing? They don't look at all the pics and videos you take with your smartphone now, why would this be any different?

pack34 said,
Interesting concept but I just don't know how I feel about having an advertising company essentially plugged into my head and seeing everything I'm seeing.

Especially when that company is Google. But an even worse thought is the possibility that it could be hacked... that's why you won't see me using one. But then again, maybe this is just my first step to being that old guy that won't let go of his typewriter...

Its a great concept, the idea of having that much info almost built into your vision is amazing.

Google face a tough user interface creation and also a way to get it involved in peoples loves without it becoming a hazard.

We are never going to progress without this type of thinking - I just hope Google dont get bored half way through and ditch it because it will take about another ten years before another company have the courage to retry.

Forgot to mention abut how many uses this could have in almost any industry. Think of help desks, 911 stations, nursing, hospitals, file keeping, police, fire, even military!,

rippleman said,
Forgot to mention abut how many uses this could have in almost any industry. Think of help desks, 911 stations, nursing, hospitals, file keeping, police, fire, even military!,
There is an edit button.

I think it will eventually succeed. Every thing that's new is passed off as a gadget. The telephone, fax machine,computer, smart phone etc all where viewed as not needed and a waste by most at a time of rough beginnings. But in time with refinements, some things takeoff and this I think will be one of those things.

neonspark said,
this thing is going to fail so badly that it is going to make the nintendo power glove look like a smashing hit.

Why? I think even the early prototypes are quite interesting. Given a couple of more years, I think it could be quite revolutionary.

neonspark said,
this thing is going to fail so badly that it is going to make the nintendo power glove look like a smashing hit.

Talk about being short sighted.

neonspark said,
this thing is going to fail so badly that it is going to make the nintendo power glove look like a smashing hit.

LOL, its just a shame that we'll have to wait 10-15 years before everyone has something like these and we will see how wrong you are. Google have said that they don't expect to make money with the first iteration of google glass. They just want to start developing the technology and maybe by the 2nd or 3rd iteration they will be more attractive to the average consumer.