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Google Shooting for 4Q13, Sub-$1,500 Project Glass Release

By - Source: The Verge | B 33 comments

Google may be shooting to launch a consumer version of Glass by the end of the year.

Project Glass, or Google Glass, is currently in the hands of developers as they crank out applications for Google's new head-mounted display. The company originally began to sell early "Explorer" models of Glass to a select group of developers and early adopters during Google I/O back in June for $1500, and said that a consumer version was expected to hit the market in early 2014.

Then just days ago, Google opened up the pre-order program to "creative" individuals who want to be a part of shaping the future of Glass. "We’d love to make everyone an Explorer, but we’re starting off a bit smaller," the company said. "We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting."

The offering seems more like a competition, as Google will select participants based on a 50-word (or less) written application, five pictures, and an optional 15-second video. Having a Twitter and/or a Google Plus account will also be a "plus" (pun intended). The deadline for applications is February 27th.

"If you are chosen, we will reach out to you with an invitation to become a Glass Explorer (please remember to follow us so that we can contact you directly)," Google states. "Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles."

Now a new report has surfaced claiming that the company is aiming to release a "fully polished" Google Glass for consumers before the end of the year, and to price it at less than $1,500. Naturally take this rumor as a grain of salt, as Google hasn't formally introduced a solid price or ship date. But the news stems from a very lengthy hands-on by Joshua Topolsky of The Verge which could have been something that was conveyed in his visit to Google HQ in New York City.

According to the report, the version tested by Topolsky tethered to an Android device or an iPhone via Bluetooth to grab a data connection due to a lack of an integrated cellular radio (likely to reduce the end-cost). However the headset was able to connect to a Wi-Fi network without the need for tethering, and grab its GPS coordinates thanks to an integrated GPS chip.

"It’s clean, elegant, and makes relative sense," he said. "The screen is not disruptive, you do not feel burdened by it. It is there and then it is gone. It’s not shocking. It’s not jarring. It’s just this new thing in your field of vision. And it’s actually pretty cool."

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    toolman129 , February 25, 2013 12:34 PM
    Cool, it's only 5x more expensive than i thought it might be....
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    halls , February 25, 2013 12:35 PM
    Wow, if Glass is going to be close to $1,500 then that kills any potential ownership for me. I figured it would be expensive, but damn!
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    halcyon , February 25, 2013 12:48 PM
    I'll be getting one...looks nifty.
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    aoneone , February 25, 2013 1:15 PM
    ha, biiig deal, I'm more interested in the Oculus Rift. Yeah yeah I know, Google is AR , Oculus Rift is VR.
    You don't know what Oculus Rift is huh? Ohhhh nevermind~ ^_^
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    d_kuhn , February 25, 2013 1:27 PM
    I want them both, the rift for gaming and glass for everything else. What got me initially interested in glass is it's potential as a very cool HUD for motorcycle use... telemetry and navigation rolled into one display that doesn't require close focus to use means very fast minimally disruptive tracking of needed data while riding.
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    zeratul600 , February 25, 2013 2:11 PM
    as close as you get to get a hud to "play" your real life:) 
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    pocketdrummer , February 25, 2013 2:15 PM
    Too expensive and it looks ridiculous when you wear it.

    The idea is cool, but I'm going to wait a generation or two before I really consider it.
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    Junoh315 , February 25, 2013 2:25 PM
    aoneoneha, biiig deal, I'm more interested in the Oculus Rift. Yeah yeah I know, Google is AR , Oculus Rift is VR. You don't know what Oculus Rift is huh? Ohhhh nevermind~ ^_^

    That's a sneaky way of advertising. XD

    Anyways, I'd love to see something like the Google Glass used for combat overseas. Imagine being able to see what your fellow soldiers can see in the corner of your eye. Imagine being able to detect movement using Google Glass.

    Maybe Google should partner up with a game company so that they can make a game that advertises the Google Glass in it.
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    house70 , February 25, 2013 2:31 PM
    pocketdrummerToo expensive and it looks ridiculous when you wear it.The idea is cool, but I'm going to wait a generation or two before I really consider it.

    That's why it's called a PROTOTYPE....
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    blackmancer , February 25, 2013 2:39 PM
    why so many cheapos on this site? I mean my computer was about 2.5 times the cost, and i didn't get no fancy pants glasses.
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    loops , February 25, 2013 2:59 PM
    This and that Pixlulz laptop are way overpriced. If you can bring a gadget in the 200-300 dollar range you have something to talk about.

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    jaber2 , February 25, 2013 3:08 PM
    way over priced, good luck with that google
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    halcyon , February 25, 2013 3:13 PM
    ^ Yeah...because there are so many less expensive versions.
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    ericburnby , February 25, 2013 3:23 PM
    Even at $200 I wouldn't buy one. Nothing it can do to make my life any easier or add to my productivity. Of course, for those who also carry a utility belt I'm sure this would fit right in.
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    Azn Cracker , February 25, 2013 3:24 PM
    man was hoping that it would be under 1000.
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    fkr , February 25, 2013 3:27 PM
    this is not overpriced. a galaxy note 2 is $650 unlocked or a dual core apple laptop for $1,600. This tech is the beginning of something well beyond either of those. Since when can you get into a truly innovative product on the ground floor for less than $2,000. This is the gateway to life changinf tech.
    google search: Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
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    internetlad , February 25, 2013 3:34 PM
    for 1500, I think I can hold off on having a screen in front of my eyeball running otherwise free google softwre (maps, earth, image search, etc.) for a while longer.

    Honestly, I can't see the tech inside this being worth "Less than 1500 bucks." Either they have a lot of R&D worked into that price, or they're grabbing early adopters with more cash than brain and shaking them upside down until their wallets fall out.

    Of course, everything about this article is highly speculative. This isn't an official comment from google, this isn't an official price, there's no official release date etc. etc. We'll see.
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    ubercake , February 25, 2013 3:38 PM
    I'm going to wait for the Google Glass 1s.
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    noblerabbit , February 25, 2013 3:43 PM
    all MS can come up with to compete, is the Microsoft Helmet, at $1,699
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    chiphead , February 25, 2013 4:10 PM
    You've got to pay for the R&D up front. We need competition if it is going to get cheaper. Apple iSee, Galaxy Monicle, Pantec Percieve...
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