Google Glass for consumers will 'take a while', Schmidt says

US blogger Robert Scoble presents the Google Glass on April 24, 2013 at the "NEXT Berlin" conference in Berlin
US blogger Robert Scoble presents the Google Glass on April 24, 2013 at the "NEXT Berlin" conference in Berlin.

Consumers can expect to wait a while before they're able to lay their hands on Google's much-hyped Internet-connected eyewear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Friday.

Google recently began shipping Google Glass to software developers who signed on to experiment with the device—which integrates a and —at a cost of $1,500 a pair.

"You should assume that it will take us a while" to take stock of their feedback, said Schmidt when asked, at a seminar in Washington on the Internet and freedom of expression, when Google Glass might reach consumers.

"It's extremely early," he said. "Think of this as beta testing, and Google beta-tests for a while and hopefully we get it right."

As for another ambitious Google project, self-driving vehicles, he said: "The timeline is years, not decades—but not months. Again, it's in the R and D (research and development) stage."

Google Glass, which is powered by Android software, and cars synched to the Internet could potentially enhance the search-engine conglomerate's money-making services, such as .


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Apr 27, 2013
Where does this leave copycats like Baidu and their Baidu Eye? They going to sit back and wait for further direction from Google, or do they actually have some vision of their own?

Apr 27, 2013
I'm sure Google wants your social security number and your bank account numbers so they can sell it to there advertisers. They also want your medical and work history so they can publish that too. So they can better serve you (for dinner).

Apr 27, 2013
Well, I can imagine why it take a while. Google Glass Has Already Been Hacked By Jailbreakers: goo.gl/pOEbT

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