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Eric Schmidt Says Google Glass is a “Year-ish” Away From Its Retail Debut

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The Explorer Editions of Google Glass are slowly shipping to early adopters as you read this, but since the $1,500 price tag attached to them was more than likely out of the range of most, you can imagine that the official retail launch is what’s on radars. We had originally heard that Glass in its retail form would arrive this year with a price below the $1,500 Explorer Edition, however, Eric Schmidt made comments this weekend in an interview with BBC radio that suggested otherwise. 

When asked how soon it is likely to come to the market, Schmidt responded with, “Well, the developers are beginning now. It would be fair to say that there will be thousands of these in use by developers over the next months. And then based on their feedback, we’ll make some product changes – and it’s probably a year-ish away.”

That’s a bit disappointing, but Glass in its current state probably needs a ton of work. Early reports from developers are just now coming in, so we don’t necessarily have any official reviews to go by. With that said, anything Google can do to fine tune the hardware, polish the software, and add in new features is going to help with adoption. Google I/O should be filled with Glass topics and announcements – hopefully they include more definitive news on a retail release.

You can hear Schmidt’s comments on Glass at the audio link below, starting with the 4:28 mark.

Via:  dvice [Audio]

  • Sirx

    Naysayers will just have to keep saying nay. I am incredibly excited to follow this product.

    In about two years or so, you can all come back here and quote this random internet commenter without even a real Disqus account to certify that he is a human, but mark my words: Google Glass will be the iPhone of the smart glasses/real-time HUD market.

  • John Lane

    i just want them to hurry up so i can buy it

  • Stoker

    I’ll just have to find my own way to look like a retard in the interim.

  • http://profiles.google.com/booboolala2000 Patrick Crumpler

    In about a year everyone will be clamoring for them. I think once people have used these they will be hard pressed to do away with them.

  • ßen Murphy

    What happened to Android-Life.com? I’m too lazy to check.

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    So basically, Teenagers are a year away from becoming more complete cyborg zombies. =)

    EDIT: Holy Crap, I swear, I didn’t even see the post from earlier today that mocks GG adopters as zombies. Great minds…

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Id be just as happy and find more use out of a bluetooth that had deep google now integration. It would be nice to hear a text in my ear and be able to respond without even picking my phone up. Even hearing turn by turn directions would be less distracting than seeing them. O well a guy can dream.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Don’t care when it is released, only care about what price point it will be set at.

    • PhoenixPath

      $300-ish?

      (Yeah, I am getting carried away with the -ish-isms….It’s been one of those days, man.)

      • EvanTheGamer

        Haha, I know the feeling.

        And at $300, I can totally justify paying that, but I’d much rather only pay $199.99 though.

        • PhoenixPath

          199.99? Screw that. I don’t *want* to pay a dime. Maybe a few pennies (I’ve got a bunch in my car somewhere rattling around).

          I suppose I might be *willing* to pay $199.99…if someone was able to convince me it was worth it…(and trust me, no one wants to see videos of what I end up staring at all day…) :-P

          • michael arazan

            I’d Buy that for a dollar! — Robocop

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

    This just feels like such a niche product, I’m curious how they plan to market it to the masses.

    • Austin Warren

      they don’t.

    • EC8CH

      Kind of seems like this product is a bit ahead of it’s time yet. Display tech especially needs to advance more before this could be hugely mainstream and useful, but it’s awesome to see Google pushing the envelope.

      • Larry Dockery

        Battery tech as well. It is bluetooth paired with a phone to provide most of its functions. The killer features however, such as facial recognition and augmented reality (camera/gps capture, then display relevant information) all consume constant battery power that would drain it fast.

    • PhoenixPath

      No kidding. Saw the headline and thought to myself: Yeah, and I’m kind of a “Bizzarro dimension-ish” away from buying a pair.

  • ddevito

    bullshitish

    • PhoenixPath

      You don’t say-ish?

  • 4n1m4L

    I just hope they don’t saturate their market with this explorer program. Get all the enthusiasts as your beta test, then have no one left to be consumers.

    • Ian

      That would be a pretty poor market, if you could saturate it with beta testers.

    • Austin Warren

      At least they charged over price and made money from them.