updated 02:27 pm EDT, Thu June 28, 2012
Wearable computing to debut after developer feedback
Consumers will have to wait until 2014 before they can expect to don Google's Project Glass wearable computing device. Despite its extreme demonstration yesterday at the opening Google I/O keynote, Google still has to get feedback developers before the device is ready for wider consumption. Google co-founder Sergei Brin told Bloomberg that the company is working to bring the technology to consumers, but it's going to take a while.
Brin said the device is still in the prototype stage. The first people to get their hands on the device will be developers at the conference, who can pre-order "Explorer Editions" of the device for $1,500. Brin says those developer units will be shipping in early 2013, and the company hopes to have a broad consumer offering within a year after that.
The executive suggests Project Glass and other Google X projects aren't aimed at making things comparable to existing products. According to Brin, the Google X Lab is instead focused on "sort of making science fiction real" by developing things such as self-driving cars and wearable technology like Project Glass.