Google Glass won't hit stores until 2014, says Schmidt

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google-glass-blonde-lady.jpgTime to revise those Christmas wishlists, as Google have revealed there’s still quite a wait until their futuristic Google Glass spectacles go on sale.

Speaking to Radio 4’s World at One time over the weekend, Google’s executive chairman, revealed that it’ll be around a year until Glass goes on sale to the general public, laying to rest rumours that Google Glass may launch before the holiday period this year.

Right now, Google Glass is in the hands of a select number of testers as part of the Glass Explorer program. Picked between developers, people of note and members of the general public from social media channels, each successful candidate for the Glass Explorer program also had to cough up $1,500 for the privilege. The Explorer program will give Google a chance to perform some real-world testing with the technology before it goes into mass production and widespread usage.

Indeed, Schmidt is aware that there are potential privacy issues involved with such a disruptive piece of technology. Speaking during the radio show in reply to questions of privacy concerns, Schmidt agreed 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.”

Last week a plucky Google Explorer candidate looked to make a quick buck by listing a pair of Google’s glasses on eBay. It had attracted more than £59,000 worth of bids before being pulled due to breaking Google’s Explorer Program terms and conditions.

Gerald Lynch
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