updated 12:51 pm EST, Fri February 22, 2013
Google Glass tethers to Android, iOS device, includes GPS chip
Google is hoping to release the consumer version of Google Glass before the end of this year. The head-mounted display will be a "fully-polished" version when it goes on sale, and will apparently be priced at or below $1,500, the price paid by software developers registering to receive the Explorer edition before the general public.
The target price and release schedule was revealed as part of a report by The Verge, where the wearable computing device was put through its paces. The version tested tethered to an Android device or iPhone via Bluetooth in order to gain a data connection, as it does not have its own cellular radio, though it is able to connect to Wi-Fi and find its GPS coordinates on its own.
Earlier this week, Google released a new Glass experience video, demonstrating how Glass can be navigated via voice or by touch-based controls. The company also opened up the pre-order process for Glass, by creating a competition where people had to explain how they would use the device. While a competition, winners will still have to pay for Google Glass, but will receive invitations to Glass experience events in the near future.