|Friday, 29 June 2012 17:45|
After showing some incredible footage from a few pros leaping out of a plane, parachuting onto a roof and then biking over to the Google I/O conference, Google co-founder Sergey Brin took to the stage to drop some shell-shocking news on Project Glass's pricing and availability.
First, the good news: Google is releasing the Glass Explorer Edition in the U.S. in early 2013.
Update: Bloomberg reports that Glass will be available to consumers in 2014.
And now for the bad: It'll cost you $1,500 and pre-orders are only available to Google I/O attendees, so if you weren't there, you can't even consider buying one (unless it lands on eBay). Brin said he was sorry for the limited availability, and that he hopes to get it out to more people soon.
Brin says that the company started to work on Glass two years ago. It has sensors so it knows its location on the body and in the world.
"We wanted to position the display above your eye. It's designed to be part of your vision, but not blocking it," said one of Glass's lead designers.
Project Glass weighs less than most sunglasses and will come in different form factors to accommodate glasses wearers.
"It's asymmetrical, but balanced."
I don't know about you, but I'm still taking in that price. It's a huge sum of money just to be able to have a camera companion above your eye. I think I just crossed this thing off my future Christmas wish list. Maybe, when the price comes down I'll reconsider.