News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / Confirmed: Google Glass Out this Year
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Confirmed: Google Glass Launches this Year, Under $1,500
Confirmed: Google Glass Launches this Year, Under $1,500
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
FEBRUARY
22
2013



Google has now confirmed the time window and price range for its Google Glass enhanced reality device. On Thursday, the technology giant told news media that the futuristic eyewear will be available by the end of this year, at a price not more than a mere $1,500.

Initially, the target date for the product's release had been set by Google as 2014. But since the project was revealed in 2012, there have already been significant public steps toward its release, apparently indicating a more ambitious schedule.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, No Cell

These have included a recently launched Web site, two point-of-view video demonstrations, a developer hackathon last month, and a newly announced contest for "bold, creative individuals," in which the entrants best able to describe what they would do with a Glass device will have the opportunity to pre-order units from the current, limited supply. Additionally, the effort is no longer being called a "project," which, in Google-speak, means it has moved beyond R&D.

There have also been reports that Google is in the process of planning a roll-out of brick-and-mortar stores. A key purpose of such stores would be demonstrating such hard-to-describe products as Google Glass. Those reports have indicated both that Google is rushing to get at least some of the stores opened before this year's holiday season, as well as contradictory information that none will be launched before next year at the earliest.

New reports also indicate that Glass will be able to connect with Android phones and with the iPhone via Bluetooth and that it will have Wi-Fi, but that it will not have cellular connectivity. This means that, at least initially, it is not being positioned as a very fancy phone in the form factor of eyeglasses, although, of course, the Wi-Fi connection could be used for telephony.

'Gives Big Headaches'

The point-of-view video that was released earlier this week showed the device working, while an earlier concept video unveiled last year was only a vision statement. The more recent video fleshed out some of the functionality.

For instance, to address the device directly, the user says, "OK, Glass," followed by a command. To make a video call, a user can use the command, "Hang out with...." Voice-generated searches can include looking for images, and a user can ask for on-the-fly translations of spoken words.

The Glass video also showed that the device has the ability to know not only your location, but if that location requires some specific information, such as flight information shown in the corner of the display when the user is walking through the airport.

But, in spite of all the heady anticipation of this possible breakthrough in wearable computing, at least one insider has thrown some virtual cold water on Glass. Hedge fund manager Eric Jackson tweeted on Thursday that a venture capitalist "told me this wk -- who'd tried it & knows many people who have -- Google Glass actually is not very good at the moment, gives big headaches."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.