Google Glass to Hit Store Shelves This Year

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Frankshin

Hi...Just learned about this wearable tech conference in New York next week. Check it out: it is called Wearable Computing Conference 2013 NYC

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Ninjawithagun

Yippee...another overpriced hardware device that 99% of the consumer population can NOT afford. Get a clue Google, and price these glasses at a more reasonable price range. How about starting by staying below $500...NUFF SAID!

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Sparx10

Well if it had an Apple logo on it, everyone would be buying one, whether or not that could afford it. They'd also line up 30 days in advance to get it

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gothliciouz

most useless device ever!

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jonnyohio

I hope this thing does well and that it is really useful and neat, but I have a feeling we're going to see Glass in Maximum PC magazine on a page titled "top 10 tech failures" someday.

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firefox91

Just out of curiosity, how does Google plan to market these things to people who already wear prescription glasses?

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davelray

Probably the same way Gunnar does. Get your prescription and send it in.

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Strhopper

MaxPC,

You guys need to close Wintel's account and all his troll accounts.

Please
Thanks

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Wintell

I agree. I am sick and need help - I am trying to reform. I have realized Apple is not the perfect product, nor are other corporations evil. Please help me stop. My other accounts will thank you.

Sorry everyone!

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Xenite

If they turn out to be more then a few hundred bucks, this whole idea is going to flop.

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don2041

anything over $100 is more than i will pay.

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andrewc513

Sigh... Did anyone actually read the article?!

Guys, the $1,500 is the price of the "preview" Explorer Edition that A) includes a trip, B) is coming well before the final product releases to consumers, and C) you have to be chosen in their pseudo-contest before you can spend money on all the above. This expensive edition is for people with money to blow who want an early taste of cutting edge tech no matter the price.

When the actual product is releasing late this year or early next year to consumers, and I wouldn't expect it to cost any more than a flagship smartphone, or maybe less. "Under $1500" can be anything from $1 to $1499. We simply don't know at this point. Everyone cool your tits and wait for info before bashing Google for something they haven't said.

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davelray

And apparently you didn't read the terms where it states " Any travel or accommodation expenses required for travel to/from the Appointment, and any applicable taxes, are the Glass Explorer’s responsibility." Or any of the rest of what's going on for that matter.

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Arlips

I'd like to see a comprehensive video/trailer explaining why I'd even want/need this, let alone pay $1500 for it.

How does Brin or anyone at Google think this is anything but a niche product at that cost? For something that "can help every human being" (eye roll....it's just a product for sale, calm down Sergey...you're not curing diseases here), they're sure missing the mark with that price point if their aim is to put it into the hands of everyone.

Calling it right now: Biggest tech let down of 2013, if not the decade since this has been in the works and gushed over in the press for years. Even the Oculus Rift seems to be more lucrative (with its amazing VR implications that has a serious chance to revolutionize games as we know them) than this answer to a problem no one has.

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dgrmouse

If you really want to see why this is potentially important, read something like Vernor Vinge's _Rainbows End_. The software and interface need a LOT of work, because nothing like this has ever existed before. But when you think about all of the things that a person with a highly refined wearable computer could do: read/write/speak any language, instantly recall data on nearly any topic, permanently record and index any visual or aural input, and plenty of things that we haven't even thought up yet, it's not hard to imagine a time when a person without access to such technology is going to have a very hard time.

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tony2tonez

I wonder if they will ban 'The Glass' while driving?
Will we get new commericals for the ban?

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Caboose

I don't see why. Unless you are pulling up web pages and reading text messages while driving, using this would be no different than having a dash mounted camera or GPS.

Only instead of it sitting on your dashboard, it's on your head.

Having the GPS with directions right there, is no different than a HUD.

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kiaghi7

OH THANK GOD!!!

It's finally coming out! THE answer to a question that nobody asked!

"How can I look like an escapee from a Star Trek themed insane-asylum, while simultaneously paying $1500 for a device that isn't really capable of doing anything other than taking a lot of money from me!?!"

I'm confident that there are others here (and elsewhere) that are also on the fence about this, not just for its highly limited practical value and ludicrous cost, but for all of the potential pitfalls of Google's infamous "we'll do it until we're caught" approach to privacy, dissemination of that information, and storage of that information.

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Caboose

But if Apple were to produce something like this, it'd be OK, right?

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Baer

Here is my concern,
1.Google will know everyplace I walk
2.Google will start to spit out ads in my face saying something like "You are approaching XYZ restraunt who is having a special on ABC, be sure to stop in" or something of that Ilk.
3. Google will know everything I look at

You get the idea........ AND, $1500, that's nuts!!

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AFDozerman

How are these concerns not applicable to cell phones?

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saffy

1) Your concern about location is unreasonable. Facebook tracks you everytime you log in. Your cell provider can track you everywhere you go. Criticizing Google for something everybody else has been doing is kinda baseless.

2) It won't spit out ads unless you ask it to take you to X restaurant or ask for suggestions.

3) No they won't. There is no radio in the glass to relay information. Your connection is a tether to your phone. If they knew everything you look at and you feel ashamed, you're looking at the wrong things.

$1500 for a brand new product on the market. Remember when a computer cost $10 000? Or a 4K TV costs $20 000? This is a very appropriate price.

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dgrmouse

saffy said, "Your concern about location is unreasonable. Facebook tracks you everytime you log in. Your cell provider can track you everywhere you go. Criticizing Google for something everybody else has been doing is kinda baseless."

This is the most ridiculous argument I've seen in a while. There are people getting shot everyday in the ghetto, but that doesn't make it OK for me to go out and shoot people.

saffy also said, "If they knew everything you look at and you feel ashamed, you're looking at the wrong things."

You must be too fat to see your pecker when you pee.

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Hey.That_Dude

No... but his comment about the fact that there is no radio on the product and that it's tethered to your phone does mean that the first point is moot. It can't track you unless your phone is already doing it because it depends on your phone. So if you don't want people tracking you, then don't have a phone. Because, in order to give you service, a phone must connect to a network, you can track position from that connection. Plain and simple fact.
The "looking at what you see" thing is a little worrysome. But if it's just a bluetooth connection then it would take so long to just get a picture that I wouldn't THAT be worried.
The comment about obesity and sexual organs was a step over the line. I understand you're an engaged and worried citizen, but insulting people doesn't change things for the better.

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vrmlbasic

What a moronic post.

I didn't care much for 1984 as a book, and so I certainly do not want to live it. Clearly you have no qualms about it.

Though you care not a whit about your privacy, I care a tad about mine & your Google glasses will allow Google to invade mine, even moreso than it already does. I'm not cool with that.

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davelray

Then it's simple. Don't buy them. And while your at it, get rid of your cell phone. And while we are on the subject, don't get on the internet.

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wintercoder

"Will reportedly cost" an outrageous "$1500."

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Caboose

But if it was an iDevice, it'd be OK right?

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AFDozerman

Jesus christ. I was thinking I might pay 3 hundred for it, four tops; but fifteen hundred dollars??? Not just "no", but "HELL NO". Then again, it is a self admitted niche product...

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wolfing

I'll buy one when the price falls to $300

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hastyscorpion

When did the comment section of MaximumPC turn into Crazytown?

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rsaotome

I think it started in January, but I could be wrong.

I'd rather have to deal with spam, at least it was funny.

But recently, things have just been sad. I really feel sorry for the multiple personalities of a singular individual, whose personalities really need to get together & have a serious discussion on how their life has led up to this.

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AETAaAS

If you look at the profiles, you'll notice a pattern...
Crazytown - Population 1

If you know what I mean. :p

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Zaros

Population 1 should be permabanned.

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Raswan

Shit be crazy. I don't read the comment section anymore, so I completely missed this detour into nutsville. Man. Kind of funny, though.

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Mikey109105

Screw off Google. Keep it up and I might not get another android based phone when my upgrade comes up in two months!

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skinwalker00

Oh man you got them good. You, one single person, in a fit of rage, are not going to upgrade to a new android phone. I bet they are going to cancel the whole google glass project now.

Instead of this pathetic post, how about you use facts to argue why you feel that this project is not something you agree with.

Stop trolling

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Mikey109105

So I come on here to make an honest comment about how I feel and am accused of trolling? I am not Wintel, or one of his troll accounts, and I resent the fact that you seem to think I am either that or an individual troller. I'm not. If you bothered to check my profile, you would know that already. And in case you hadn't noticed, I said MIGHT not get a new android phone, so please do stop putting words in my mouth. I have nothing against Google. In fact, I LOVE my droid phone. I just don't happen to like this particular business practice they're displaying here. 1500 to test a product that will sell for less when it's out of beta testing? Yeah...um...thanks, but no thanks.

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