By Stephen Schenck | January 2, 2014 10:21 AM
For as much growth as smartwatches and fitness trackers saw in 2013, we’ve only been just getting the ball rolling; 2014 could well see wearables explode onto the market in record numbers, with Google Glass leading the charge. As we wait to see how final retail availability of Glass will begin, we’re getting word of some new opportunities for early adopters to get their hands on the hardware, and hearing some new speculation about a launch price.
Back in November we told you about some new ways interested users could become Glass Explorers, as we saw Google implement a sign-up page. Instead of patiently waiting for Google to contact you, it turns out there might be an easier way to get a Glass invite: be a Google Play Music All Access subscriber. Those users have been receiving “VIP invitations” to purchase Glass headsets.
But let’s say you’re patient, and more than willing to wait for the wide public launch; what might you pay for Glass then? Frankly, anything less than $1500 would be a big improvement. While it’s far from official, long-time Glass user Robert Scoble has been talking about his experiences over the last eight months, and based on what he’s seen and heard, makes a couple stabs at pricing. Supposedly, Google won’t be able to deliver Glass for under $500 – at least not anytime in 2014. Instead, something more like $600 might be possible. A couple years down the line, as Google improves the hardware and refines the design, Glass might finally drop to the $300 point – but that’s still a long way off.