The highly anticipated Google Glass will not be available to consumers until later this year, or possibly even early 2014. Until it’s officially available to the public to purchase, the Google is being selective as to who gets their hands and eyes all over it. And guess who’s going to be among the first to get one?
On his Twitter a few weeks ago, Darin was invited to become a “Glass Explorer,” or one of the first to be able to buy an early version of the Google Glass. In all, Google has picked about 8,000 people in the United States from their #ifihadaglass contest, which asked those who wanted Glass to tell what they would do with the device in 50 words or less. Darin’s answer: “I’d blog every day for 365 days about my experience.”
Stay tuned in the next few weeks to watch Darin share his adventures with Google Glass. I’m sure he’ll be doing everything except showering with it on (let’s hope), and telling the world all about it. I’m not sure exactly when he’ll get it, but it should be in the next month or so. Google said Wednesday that it started distributing the glasses Tuesday, though it may take weeks for recipients to get them.
Google posted the developer guidelines of its Glass Mirror API about two days ago, and developers are now getting their hands on their devices. The developers got their devices first so that they can get to work on creating apps on top of the Glass platform.
For right now all we can do is wait and get hyped. I’ll leave you with some interesting facts and information about the Google Glass:
- The Google Glass costs $1,500 and yes, the Glass Explorers have to pay for their early versions as well. The consumer versions, which are expected to come out by the end of 2013, are expected to be slightly cheaper.
- According to Google, the display is equivalent to watching a 25-inch television from eight feet away. There’s no official word on native resolution, but there have been numerous whispers of 640 x 360.
- Google Glass is about as powerful as a mid-range smartphone.
- Sound is generated by a bone-conduction transducer, which sends vibrations through bones in the ear.
- The Google Glass battery should last all day with typical use, although some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.
- Google warns that buyers of cannot sell their Glass on eBay or anywhere else. If they do, they risk having their device remotely shut down. People can, however, buy the device as a gift for someone, but the recipients might need to open and maintain a Google Wallet account in order to receive support from Google.
- It’s already been banned from several places, including some strip clubs, over fears that people will be filmed without their knowledge. Sorry Darin! 🙂
- Google is already working on designer versions of Glass that eyeglass-wearers can use. They will include prescription lenses.
- A group called Stop the Cyborgs have launched a campaign against Google Glass. They’re freaking out that the device will create a world where “privacy is impossible and corporate control total.”
- Apple and Microsoft -Google’s most obvious rivals – and both are rumored to be working on their own equivalents.