Google will begin shipping Glass to devs "within the next month"

Google are holding their I/O 2013 conference next month in San Francisco and there may be a special treat for those developers who signed up to the Glass "Explorers" programme. Google gave deep pocketed developers the ability to "pre-order" their Glass headsets at a cost of $1,500 in order for them to test out apps and start developing software before the masses receive their headsets, a bonus for Glass early adopters who will have a relatively supported platform. Google have already announced certain Glass apps, including the New York Times, Path, Evernote and Gmail. 

Speaking to TechCrunch at the "Glass Collective" event, the company confirmed that developers will recieve their headset "within the next month," which will probably mean at I/O, which starts on May 15th. The exact date of collection is still unknown and may rely on the availability of the developers. Glass is expected to be a big talking point at I/O, making the rollout even more likely. For Glass to succeed and grow, developers need to be enthused in order to create amazing apps that extent the functionality of Glass. 

Google also launched the #ifihadglass competition, which was open to anyone on Twitter or Google+ who could think of a cool use of Glass. Over 8,000 "winners" were announced, bringing a large number of early testers to the Glass community. Those who "won" still have to cough up over $1,000 for the privilege, however. Users who "won" Glass must travel to L.A., San Francisco or New York to pick up their Glass headset, but it would make a lot of sense if developers were allowed to pick up theirs at I/O. 

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I still want to see Razer, Gunnars and Google to strike a deal and make something with this. Gunnars provides a style, razer provides features and google provides the base technology.

Rather than a piece of thick lense, I want to see the entire lense (as in real glasses you can wear everyday) with the technology built in.

I'd get a pair for the novelty (although obviously not for $1000!) but I'm not sure I can see any major benefit that these have over any other device I currently own.

that's great... our company already updated its personal policy to forbid these and anything like them on company grounds.... too much of a "Security risk" with "Sensitive information"

Why? Because you don't like it? Or because you are jealous the company you favor doesn't have one?

I need a reason. I need to know what kind of person I am dealing with here so as I can know who I can have an intelligent conversation with and who is just a child.

Why? Here's one good reason, loads of places ban photography, you can't just outright ban glasses so someone with these would be able to flout the rules and no-one would know.

DarkNet said,
Why? Because you don't like it? Or because you are jealous the company you favor doesn't have one?

I need a reason. I need to know what kind of person I am dealing with here so as I can know who I can have an intelligent conversation with and who is just a child.

Reason one is that it is nothing more than a stunt trying to make people talk about Google and make them seem cool again. Reason two is that Google doesn't make hardware, remember our good old friend the Nexus Q? Third it is a privacy invasion that has the added bonus of making you look like a complete antisocial jerk. There you have three very substantial reasons

the same can be said about any other company or product. (Microsoft didn't make the Zune), there are many spy cameras or microphones products out there. Using a smart phone makes you look like a complete antisocial jerk.

Your points are a bit flawed .

ingramator said,

Reason one is that it is nothing more than a stunt trying to make people talk about Google and make them seem cool again. Reason two is that Google doesn't make hardware, remember our good old friend the Nexus Q? Third it is a privacy invasion that has the added bonus of making you look like a complete antisocial jerk. There you have three very substantial reasons

1) What is the problem if a company wants,to look cool? Apple, MS, Google and every other company on the market will try to look cool if this is seen as beneficial in increasing sales.
2) Does any of the above mentioned companies materially produce hardware? No, other companies do.
3) A very subjective point. Personally I feel that FB, for example, make that but.... hundreds of millions of people disagree and Zuckenberg became a billionaire.
Personally I would not use these glasses but this does not mean that the project will fail.

ingramator said,

Reason one is that it is nothing more than a stunt trying to make people talk about Google and make them seem cool again. Reason two is that Google doesn't make hardware, remember our good old friend the Nexus Q? Third it is a privacy invasion that has the added bonus of making you look like a complete antisocial jerk. There you have three very substantial reasons

Give Q a rest already. Everyone has had products/concents that were never released to the general public. Remember the Microsoft Courier? And phones in general make people look like anti social jerks along with blue tooth headsets. But those have taken of pretty well.

And speaking of Q, there is A LOT more talk/hype over Google Glass as there ever was with Q.

ingramator said,

Reason one is that it is nothing more than a stunt trying to make people talk about Google and make them seem cool again. Reason two is that Google doesn't make hardware, remember our good old friend the Nexus Q? Third it is a privacy invasion that has the added bonus of making you look like a complete antisocial jerk. There you have three very substantial reasons


1) All companies have their "stunts". Microsoft's Windows Phone challenge was a stunt. But people are not talking about that one.

2) Microsoft never made hardware either up until the Xbox. Microsoft never made PCs or Tablets up until the Surface. Did that stop them? Should they quit?

3) Smartphone have made people antisocial to an extent. I don't here your crying about that one. Camera phones have proved to be an invasion of privacy. Yet you don't cry about that one. Whenever an incident happens, first thing I see is people pull out their phones to snap a picture.

So these lame reasons you present are just a concern of yours and a minority group. You don't like progress much?