Google Glass sales to begin by 2014

Google co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrates Google's new Glass, Google co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrates Google's new Glass, wearable internet glasses, at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. (June 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, will sell eyeglass-embedded computers to consumers by 2014 after incorporating feedback from developers, said Sergey Brin, the company’s co-founder.

Project Glass test devices with software and cameras, to give quick access to information in a display above the eyes, will be offered for $1,500 to developers who attend Google’s I/O developers conference in San Francisco and will ship in early 2013. The Mountain View, California-based company is sharing the design with developers to benefit from their work, Brin said in an interview.

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“These explorer editions I’d like to get out early next year,” Brin told Jon Erlichman on Bloomberg TV’s “Rewind” yesterday. “And within a year after that I want to have a broad consumer offering.”

Brin showed a demonstration of Project Glass featuring skydivers wearing the glasses, which sent live video to the conference. The Google X lab that produced Project Glass is also working on other technology, including self-driving cars.

“With Google X I’m not really thinking about any sort of existing products or things to compare it to,” Brin said. “Google X is about brand new risky technological things that are sort of making science fiction real.”

Google also made another move into the hardware market at the conference yesterday, showing its $199 Nexus 7 tablet to take on Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. 

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