We got our first look at Google's highly-anticipated "Project Glass" augmented reality glasses in action Wednesday at the I/O developer's conference in San Francisco. And by "action", I mean "action" -- Google Glass wearers jumped out of an airplane, did BMX bicycle flips from one roof building to another, rapelled down the side of the Moscone Center building hosting the event, and rode bicycles through the convention crowd -- all while webcasting their high jinks via the Google Glass apparatus on their faces.
Now we get our first look at the actual release date and price tag of these game-changing goggles. In an interview with Bloomberg, Google co-foundersaid that Google Glasses will be available to consumers in roughly 2014, at a projected price of roughly $1,500. If you're a Google app developer you can get a pair in 2013, with the expectation that you will begin cranking out fabulous apps for these glasses.
The video of the high-flying Google Glass stunt is available online, as is video of Sergey's Brin's slightly more serious interview with Bloomberg. Mr. Brin explains why Google has spent so much time and effort on the spectacles of the future.
"It's the notion of taking computing, which has moved from giant mainframes to laptops to phones to perhaps an even lighter and more free form factor, something that you can have with you when you're falling through the sky at 120 miles an hour," Mr. Brin said. "It's just that feeling of freedom that really excites me."
On an unrelated note -- looks like Sergey's been working out, huh?
Mr. Brin refers to the advance-release glasses for developers as "explorer editions", and Google hopes for feedback and innovations from their own developer community.
"These explorer editions I'd like to get early out next year," Mr. Brin told Bloomberg, "within a year after that I'd like to have a broad consumer offering."
Developers who wanted to sign up for their own advance release Google Glasses are able to sign up right at the I/O conference. They're given a fancy glass brick with their number engraved on it, along with the words Google [x]. Google [x] refers to the secret labs of Google where they work on super-futuristic stuff like these augmented reality glasses, and the rumored self-driving car.
According to Engadget, the Google Glasses will have a microphone, a speaker, and a camera, and will be controlled via a touchpad on the side of the glasses.