Despite Google having been showing off Google Glass for the better part of a year now, accounts of the unique head-mounted accessory have been been more focused on its looks and the user experience than a lot of technical details. Now that the first third-party developers have gotten their hands on Glass at a recent conference (though placed under a restrictive NDA) and the project approaches its second year in the public spotlight, we’re learning some more key information about this gadget, including perhaps the most important: just when it will finally go up for sale.
The Verge has some extensive first-hand coverage of what it’s like to use Google Glass, and in its reporting divulges some interesting details on the device. As should be no surprise, Glass does not include a cellular radio, but that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily have to keep it tethered to your smartphone; while that’s certainly an option, connecting over Bluetooth, Glass can also access WiFi networks independently. The presence of a GPS receiver also isn’t much of a surprise, given the demos we’ve seen of its use as a navigation aid, but now we know that the chip is on-board, and not just pulling location data from your phone.
So far, developers have been paying $1500 for Glass, and Google just opened up some limited public sales at the same figure. While we still don’t have an exact launch price, it will reportedly be below that $1500 mark – though if that’s $1485 or $1300, we just don’t know.
As for availability, the plan is to officially release Glass before the end of the year. That fits in with rumors we’ve heard that Google is seeking to create a retail presence before the year’s out, motivated by a desire to give customers the opportunity to try out Glass in person.