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    Google's AR Glasses May Come to Consumers within 12 Months of Developer Version


    Besides all the hullabaloo about the new Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1/Jelly Bean, there are some other cool things going on at Google I/O this year. Google went to a lot of trouble to show off the newest version of their augmented reality glasses, aka Project Glass and Google Goggles. Several Google devs from the Project Glass team even jumped out of airplanes to show off the device. As we reported previously, Google is already making developer editions of the glasses available for $1500 bucks. However, some new info has emerged regarding the new tech. Supposedly, Google intends to make a consumer edition of the glasses available within twelve months. Here's a quote with some more details,

    That consumer version will be “significantly” cheaper than the Explorer Edition prototype hardware, Google co-founder and Glass project lead Sergey Brin told TechCrunch, though this won’t be a race to the bottom.

    Instead, the team responsible for Glass has said, the priority will be balancing quality and affordability. No indication of what sort of final price will be settled upon has been given, but wearable eyepiece specialists have already – and separately – estimated that augmented reality headsets of Google Glasses’ ilk will most likely come in at around the $200-500 mark.

    In the meantime, Google will be counting on developers to get up to speed with Glass. The cloud-based API they will have use of will be “pretty far along” by the time the Explorer Edition goes on sale, and Google’s own engineers are already testing Gmail, Google+ and other Android apps on the wearable.

    As for battery life, Brin was overheard suggesting he had seen six hours of use from a charge, though it’s unclear what settings were enabled at that time. It’s already been confirmed that Glass will be able to locally cache content rather than upload it immediately, or indeed stream low-quality footage while
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    I'm not very interested in them at all. They sound very expensive and I'm not sure i could even wear them since I wear glasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnomaz View Post
    I'm not very interested in them at all. They sound very expensive and I'm not sure i could even wear them since I wear glasses.
    glasses wont matter they will clip onto them so it would seem.

    As for if I want one, yup lol. If they are under 500 I will get one asap. Odds are I can hotlink it to my phones Bluetooth for free net. Maybe will have a wifi only one that plays well with cell phones.
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    If google was smart, they would make the glasses just a bluetooth attachment to an android phone. When you open an app that supports the glasses, the HUD comes up. This makes the device cheaper for those of us who have an android (Who doesnt now adays???). Also saves power because it wont need internal memory or a processor. They could probably make these available for $150 if they do it right. This is just my opinion
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    I'd ask for one as a gift if it was under 200
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    I have never pre-ordered anything in my life, but if offered this will be pre-ordered right away! Can't wait!

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