Google has confirmed that the Explorer Edition of Google Glass, $1,500 price tag, is scheduled to be shipped within weeks.
A Google spokesperson told ABC News, “This month Google hopes to ship Glass Explorer Edition, designed for the first people to examine the potential uses of Glass. Developers can tinker with Glass and consumers can try it out in the real world.”
It is still not know whether the “headsets” will be shipped to just the developers that preordered them at Google’s earlier conference, or if it will include the 8,000 competition winners that Google selected.
A few Google Glass apps were re-designed for its platform, such as New York Times reader, Evernote, and Path; however, the potential is unlike anything before it. Google-backer Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (KPCB), John Doerr said:
“Right away, I could see that Glass was not just a platform for applications, it also had the potential to create a brave new world of services and experiences. Since then, in rapid fire over just 20 months, Glass has been iterated, tested and refined. It has attracted some of Google’s best and brightest talent, and is drenched in advanced software, including Android, voice recognition, and an innovative user interface.”
Dave Morin, CEO of Path, adds:
“Glass represents a future of freedom. A future where you spend more time focused on the people you are with and the experiences you are having, rather than focused on your mobile device. Glass brings you the important information, context, and moments when you need them most.”
This sounds like an amazing product with potential that we have only seen in sci-fi movies. I know that I cannot wait to see the practical applications of Google Glass. Let us know in the comments what you think about this new venture and if you will be waiting in line to purchase your very own pair.