Google Glass "probably a year-ish away" for consumers

They are only available to a select number of testers at this time, who also had to pay for that privilege and promise not to loan them out; but according to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Glass for consumers is "probably a year-ish away".

He made the comment in an interview for BBC Radio 4's "World at One" yesterday. The interview mainly covered Schmidt's new book, Google's UK tax policy, privacy, and more, although interviewer Martha Kearney did also ask briefly about Glass.

Schmidt also made it clear that Glass is currently being tested by thousands of developers, and the feedback from that usage over the next few months would prompt changes before being made available to consumers.

Specs

Google previously stated that there will be a "high resolution display" in Google Glass, which is apparently the "equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet [2.4 meters] away" - although other documents reveal that the actual resolution of the display is 640 x 360. When it comes to Glass' audio, it's powered by a bone conduction transducer, removing the need for an in-ear earpiece and keeping the overall look quite sleek.

The camera on the eyepiece, is 5-megapixels and capable of 720p video recording. There's also Wi-Fi 802.11b/g built in (no 802.11n apparently), as well as Bluetooth, a 16 GB flash memory chip (of which 12 GB is usable) and a battery good for "one full day of typical use". The packaging will also come with a microUSB charger for Glass, which Google advises you use to "preserve long and prosperous" use of the unit.

Google has also said that Glass will work with any Bluetooth capable phone and that they will cost less than the $1500 that developers had to pay.

Schmidt's comments about Glass begin at the 32:30 mark in the radio program, while the interview itself begins at 27:45.

Source: The Verge | Image: Google

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I see the Google Glasses as a great success

I want augmented reality, not because it is cool, but because it will save me so much money, and it will make everything just much better, and I see Google Glasses as the first step towards augmented reality.

I don't want a home with expensive decoration and expensive big screen panels everywhere, I want a home with basic plain comfortable furniture and plain walls, and I want my glasses to do the rest.

I want to be able to wear the glasses (not this model but maybe the next one or the next next one) and want the glasses to make everything beautiful, I want them to theme my home, show me the beautiful blue sky and the beautiful ocean as if my house was on a sunny beach.

I want to go to work and while walking outside see everyone happy, well I am almost 40, and I know for fact that if I had Augmented Reality Glasses when I was 18, I wanted then to walk outside and see everyone as a naked super model.

Augmented reality will change us so much, and will make everything so much better.

I am not expecting much from the first release of Google Glasses, or maybe the second one, the same as I did not expect a lot from the first release of Android, but look where is Android now!

I am also 100% sure Apple will have one, it is just a matter of time, and I am 1000% sure the Microsoft will have one, one 5 years after Google with Windows GLS I guess and some floating panels

A flop? Tipical microsoftians, they said the same about iPhone, and 5 years later they started selling one , so expect Microsoft Glasses in 2019 , if there is still Microsoft by then

The iPhone was a phone, different situation as that was because they thought touch screen phones would never caught on.
While quite a few companies have worked on these smartglasses in the last 2-3 decades.
Only reason people care now is because Google is doing it.
Whatever they seem to do is a gods send to many people
I think it will do rather good... unfortunally, and only because it has the Google name on it.
I personally feel more of Microsoft's approach of "Tech is all around you" with the Augmented Projectors. Than the "You are part of tech" approach of Google.
Microsoft did research into augmented reality glasses years ago, i think in the 90s already. They shifted to these augmented projectors, to incorperate tech into your surroundings instead of incorperating you into tech.

Microsoft research does a lot of good research, Microsoft Ballmer does a lot of Customer Milking, it is all how to get more money from the customers, period.

It is not about the product, it is not about the customer, it is not about the invention, it is not about the idea, it is all about money, and how can they make more of it.

Microsoft research did the Courier tablet, and it could have overtaken iPad big time, and then came Microsoft Ballmer and his group, and everyone else know the rest of the story

I am not sure Google will get the Glasses to work as I wish, but I am sure they are ready to lose billions of dollars until they get that thing working as it should, Microsoft Ballmer on the other hand will not

I believe Microsoft will wait, see what happens, and then play catch up, as they always did, unfortunately this time, it will end up like Windows 8 (Phone and Tablets)

what bugs me is that what about people who have to wear glasses full time, will the main unit be able to clip on to our everyday frames or will we have to get our prescription added into Google Glass?

Technology takes time to evolve. When we look back at the late 90s, we laugh at the mobile phones we had. Now we say they were rubbish, but without them we wouldn't have the smartphones we have today.

It's the same with google glass. Technology will move away from having a physical piece of hardware with its own CPU, GPU, Storage etc etc to wearable devices which uses cloud computing.

You just need to reduce the size of google glass and improve wireless data speeds. Wireless data speeds are increasing, and technology will develop so we can have smaller devices like google glass with better displays, cameras etc etc.

If anyone has watched the TV series continuum they will no doubt have associated google glass with the contact lenses featured in the show.

neonspark said,
nobody will wear this just like nobody wore those 3D glasses for tvs. stop dreaming.

Right, because 3d glasses are the same as Google glass.../s

I bet many said the same about wireless headsets as well. Now they are everywhere.

neonspark said,
nobody will wear this just like nobody wore those 3D glasses for tvs. stop dreaming.
My prediction is that these will garner you as much social ire as wearing a bluetooth headset does now. It will only serve to point out to others that you're a total douche.

ahinson said,
My prediction is that these will garner you as much social ire as wearing a bluetooth headset does now. It will only serve to point out to others that you're a total douche.

You judge people you pass by what device they are wearing? What if it helps them multi-task? Perhaps they prefer it over holding a phone to their head all time particularly when driving? Your quick, superficial judgement speaks volumes.

What they're doing. That's called being rude, you don't stand around in public yammering about on your Bluetooth headset whilst you wait in line. Then act as if the person whom you're expecting to wait on you is a jackass because they've interrupted your private conversation which you're holding in public.

You've obviously not encountered this person, or you'd understand the point I'm making or you're intentionally being obtuse in an effort to diminish their existence.

ahinson said,
What they're doing. That's called being rude, you don't stand around in public yammering about on your Bluetooth headset whilst you wait in line. Then act as if the person whom you're expecting to wait on you is a jackass because they've interrupted your private conversation which you're holding in public.

You've obviously not encountered this person, or you'd understand the point I'm making or you're intentionally being obtuse in an effort to diminish their existence.


Why does it matter if I've encountered this type of person? You're making huge generalizations about anyone choosing to use a Bluetooth headset when in reality you should be having a problem with that person, not the headset. You have issues you need to work out before even thinking about judging anyone.

Xenosion said,

Why does it matter if I've encountered this type of person? You're making huge generalizations about anyone choosing to use a Bluetooth headset when in reality you should be having a problem with that person, not the headset. You have issues you need to work out before even thinking about judging anyone.
Not even close, but I enjoy your efforts to try and win the Internet.

ahinson said,
What they're doing. That's called being rude, you don't stand around in public yammering about on your Bluetooth headset whilst you wait in line.

How is that any different than talking on the phone, or to someone beside you for that matter. As long as you are not holding up the line, not swearing like crazy, and being civil...then its a non issue. I have ran in to much ruder people without BT headsets than with.

Wow, lots of people here that can predict the future I guess. How long was the first iPhone in development before it was released to the masses? How long was WP8 in testing before it was released to the masses. Just like software, hardware goes thru BETA stages that can take a year or more.

Seems to me more typical anti Google behavior here. Not surprised.

Seeing something for what it is, isn't being anti anything. It's just an opinion, and I don't see how anyone could look at this thing, and think ...

"Wow I'd totally walk around town wearing that."

Said no one, ever.

ahinson said,
Seeing something for what it is, isn't being anti anything. It's just an opinion, and I don't see how anyone could look at this thing, and think ...

"Wow I'd totally walk around town wearing that."

Said no one, ever.

Saying something will flop and giving no reason other than saying that is anti Google period. Saying that anyone using a product would be a douche bag is anti (insert company here). Either that, or they are unintelligent comments.

And I remember several other products that people said the same thing on.

techbeck said,

Saying something will flop and giving no reason other than saying that is anti Google period. Saying that anyone using a product would be a douche bag is anti (insert company here). And I remember several other products that people said the same thing on.

My assessment is based on the stigma of wearing a Bluetooth headset in public. It has nothing to do with the product, and yes, people who Bluetooth headsets in public, are in fact douche bags. This is known.

techbeck said,

Saying something will flop and giving no reason other than saying that is anti Google period.

That is such a stupid comment. You only think that because you're an immature Google fanboy that needs to grow up.

Everyone else is just seeing Glass for what it is - a gimmicky device that looks ridiculous and will make the people wearing it look even more ridiculous.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,

That is such a stupid comment. You only think that because you're an immature Google fanboy that needs to grow up.

Me grow up? Yea, putting thought in to a comment and not just saying "this will flop" means growing up and you call me immature. Nothing I said was immature. And me a fanboy? Seriously? Obviously you know nothing on what I comment and post about. I am objective towards most things on here.

Get a clue. The fact you said "can you hear that?...sounds like a flop" is a troll remark designed to bash Google. Hence, an anti Google remark.

Thanks for the post tho....got a good chuckle out of it.

ahinson said,
My assessment is based on the stigma of wearing a Bluetooth headset in public. It has nothing to do with the product, and yes, people who Bluetooth headsets in public, are in fact douche bags. This is known.

Difference of opinion I guess.

techbeck said,
Difference of opinion I guess.
It does look that way.

Enjoy using your Bluetooth headset in line at Starbucks.

Don't forget to give the barista a dirty look for interrupting your phone conversation. How dare they interrupt your private conversation, that you're obviously holding in public. /s

ahinson said,
My assessment is based on the stigma of wearing a Bluetooth headset in public. It has nothing to do with the product, and yes, people who Bluetooth headsets in public, are in fact douche bags. This is known.

What is known is that many Bluetooth headsets are produced and sold "en masse". So I don't see any validity in your comments.

Seems a lot of anticipation for what is almost certainly going to be something that just flops.

People aren't even taking to wear specs in the movies theatres en masse so they are hardly going to wear them in public.

I can see some people wearing this en-masse when going to the cinema tho. I wonder what the quality would be of CAM's would be, if they are recorded this way...

TheDogsBed said,
People aren't even taking to wear specs in the movies theatres en masse so they are hardly going to wear them in public.

You do realize there is a huge difference between movie theater glasses and Google Glass.

You do realize there is a huge difference between movie theater glasses and Google Glass.

Really? Why was I not informed of this!? How come only you had access to this highly privileged information?

Yes, we all knew that there is a difference. It doesn't alter my statement however. People will not want to wear these en masse. Count on it.

TheDogsBed said,

Really? Why was I not informed of this!? How come only you had access to this highly privileged information?

Well, you are comparing 3d glasses to Google Glass which will have a different audience and completely different functions. And people have been saying this about tech for a long time...some does well, others dont. To early to tell either way.

TheDogsBed said,

Really? Why was I not informed of this!? How come only you had access to this highly privileged information?

Yes, we all knew that there is a difference. It doesn't alter my statement however. People will not want to wear these en masse. Count on it.


Why does it matter? The fact is you did compare 3D glasses to Google Glass when in fact they're completely different products with completely different features and value. You're implying that consumers aren't going to weigh the value of Google Glass separately than 3D glasses. Truly, this is beyond intelligible and is just trolling.

Anyone can make bets on the internet and no one will care enough to hold you to them.

Really though, Google is about more than turning a profit on a specific product. They want to push boundaries and open this market up to innovation. If you can't appreciate that, then you don't have a clue how progress is made.

Some people need reading comprehension capabilities. He isn't comparing 3D Glasses to Google glasses, he's comparing wearing 3D glasses to wearing Google Glasses, and he's correct, people don't like wearing glasses when they don't have to.

Also for $1500 I can buy so much more than the benefits Google Glasses are affording me.

astropheed said,
Some people need reading comprehension capabilities. He isn't comparing 3D Glasses to Google glasses, he's comparing wearing 3D glasses to wearing Google Glasses, and he's correct, people don't like wearing glasses when they don't have to.

Also for $1500 I can buy so much more than the benefits Google Glasses are affording me.

1500 is the price for devs. Not the price for the regular public. Do a little research. And comparing wearing Google Glasses and 3d glasses is still different. With the added features of Glasses, it could attract different people. And I know many people who like wearing Sun Glasses. And just like sun glasses, Google Glass isnt meant to be work 24/7. And look at what glasses is. Glasses doesnt have physical lenses. Its just a frame to hold the tech/electronic part.

"Less than $1,500" is $1,500 until I'm told how much. If someone says to you something is "Less than X" it's not by enough to tell you right away how much it is. Research not required; experience sufficient.

astropheed said,
"Less than $1,500" is $1,500 until I'm told how much.

So less than 1500 means 1500. Got it...thanks for correcting me...../s

techbeck said,

So less than 1500 means 1500. Got it...thanks for correcting me...../s


Yes, if you can't comprehend the rest of my post, sure.

astropheed said,

Yes, if you can't comprehend the rest of my post, sure.

Funny, you say less that 1500 is 1500 because Google didnt give a specific number and you are saying I dont comprehend your post? Alright then...

Saying something is less than X and not giving a specific number is still less than X.

Still not comprehending my reasoning huh? Should I repeat it or are you capable of scrolling up to once again attempt to understand me? Considering your capabilities of before I'm going to assume you once again will fail. If the event this happens I suggest not responding again as it's wasting my time.

astropheed said,
Still not comprehending my reasoning huh? Should I repeat it or are you capable of scrolling up to once again attempt to understand me? Considering your capabilities of before I'm going to assume you once again will fail. If the event this happens I suggest not responding again as it's wasting my time.

I under stand completely what you are saying but you are not making sense. And if you cannot have conversation without insults and a superior attitude, then go elsewhere. You started this convo stating that people have a reading comprehension...thus insulting several people here. Look in the mirror and check yourself.

And you are wasting your time. No one is forcing you to post here.

have a good day.

It doesn't make sense because you don't understand it. The "insult" was merited in consideration of the backlash TheDogsBed received out of negligence.

I will have a good day, thank you.

astropheed said,
Some people need reading comprehension capabilities. He isn't comparing 3D Glasses to Google glasses, he's comparing wearing 3D glasses to wearing Google Glasses, and he's correct, people don't like wearing glasses when they don't have to.

The value of the glasses will be something each individual will decide for themselves, not you. Get that through your head and you'll have a much easier time understanding the other side.
Specific to my point:
astropheed said,
and he's correct, people don't like wearing glasses when they don't have to.

This is just arrogance. You don't have any authority to state this.

Xenosion said,

The value of the glasses will be something each individual will decide for themselves, not you. Get that through your head and you'll have a much easier time understanding the other side.

True, although I never argued its worth to other people.

Xenosion said,

This is just arrogance. You don't have any authority to state this.

People like wearing glasses? I think I have a greater authority to state that than you do to contest it. You're welcome to ask a sample of people and reach a conclusion all by yourself though.

Ever get that feeling you are living in a different universe?

Many people don't even like wearing glasses when it is for the benefit of their visual health. How long did it take for people to ridicule those who wore the BT ear-pieces?

It's a fact of life that fashion and form usually wins the day and for as long as that is true, people are not going to put glasses on that make them look stupid to their peers.

TheDogsBed said,

How long did it take for people to ridicule those who wore the BT ear-pieces?

I dont make fun of others for what they wear, how they dress, or the tech they use. Others may ridicule, but that says more about them and the type of person they are.

Assuming you're talking about the George Orwell short story, Nineteen Eighty Four is barely even tangentially related to Google glass.

Stop fearmongering.