The launch schedule for Google Glass will be delayed until 2014 according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt. With the first devices being sent to developers over the past week, Google Glass headsets were rumoured to be in the shops by Christmas, but Schmidt said that feedback from developers has led to a 2014 launch date at the very earliest. Schmidt gave no details about the reasons for the launch delay.
“The developers are beginning [to receive the devices] now and it would be fair to say there will be thousands in use by developers over the next months,” Schmidt told the BBC. “Then, based on their feedback, we’ll make some product changes – so it’s probably a year-ish away.”
The devices are currently in the hands of a select band of people chosen by Google to test out the glasses, each of whom has paid the search firm $1,500 (£985) for the privilege. The Explorer programme will give Google insight into how the glasses will be used and what apps developers will write for the device. When the device goes on sale it is expected to retail for between $200 (£131) and $600 (£394), according to the New York Times. Schmidt admitted that there are potential privacy issues with a wearable device that can record video footage.
Schmidt said that,
“The fact of the matter is that we’ll have to develop some new social etiquette. It’s obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct. Companies like Google have a responsibility to keep your information safe, but you have a responsibility as well to understand what you are doing, how you are doing it and obey appropriately.”
It might be too early to comment on this development. Its just a pity that after the much exposure about Glass and when developers have started developing applications and solutions for the product, it wont be available for sale until 2014.
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