Much buzz from day 1 of the Google I/O conference is centered around the Google Glasses, a pair of glasses embedded with a camera, processor and wireless connection that allow people to easily connect to the web without holding anything in their hands. Google co-founder Sergey Brin spoke with Bloomberg about Google Glass and revealed that the current batch of “explorer editions” will be released to certain parties in 2013, followed by a major launch in 2014.
Sergey explained that the reaction to Google’s first unveiling of Google Glass in April followed by a lot of great feedback and ideas.
“This explorer edition—we could just keep developing this in our own little corner of the universe and many companies would secretly develop it and say ‘ta da, here it is world.’ Since we’ve showed it to the public in April, we’ve gotten so many great ideas and so much feedback, we found it so valuable. We want to take that to the next level by letting other people, who are dedicated and serious and willing to be on the cutting edge, letting them do their own experimentation learnings that can feedback to us and affect our future designs and software.”
“These explorer editions I’d like to get out early next year, as I mentioned. Within a year after that I want to have broad consumer offering.”
In the clip below, Sergey reveals that these guys really do see the Google Glass as something that will take computing to another level – it’s almost like connecting the computer to your own mind. The explorer edition will cost $1500 for whoever wants to use it and test it for their own purposes. Sergey also denied the idea that Google Glass is “leapfrogging Apple Siri”, as it’s more about the user experience rather than anything related to other devices.
Thanks to Bloomberg Television for the clip.