Google Glass available by end of the year for 'less than $1,500'

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There's genuine excitement surrounding Google Glass because it's the first wearable computer that could have mass appeal. While the "Explorer edition" is slowly rolling out to developers who pre-ordered it last year, Google is prepping Glass for a public launch by the end of this year.

After going hands-on with Glass at Google's NY headquarters, The Verge has confirmed the final version will be cheaper than its developer offering:

"Well, we finally have official word from Google that it is aiming to release a 'fully-polished' version of the wearable headset to consumers by the end of this year. The company has also informed us that Google Glass will cost 'less than $1,500' when it goes on sale."

Meanwhile, The New York Times is reporting Google is in talks with Warby Parker to offer Glass-fitted prescription frames. Google will also reportedly come in multiple colors to fit any wardrobe.

There's some confusion as to how Google Glass is controlled. Do you use the touchpad on the right side of the device or do you use the voice controls as demonstrated in the Glass video? The answer is actually both, according to The Verge's Joshua Topolsky, who was able to try them on briefly. Glass is controlled by either saying "okay, Glass" or tilting your head upwards, and menus can be selected by swiping on the touchpad. While Glass can also understand natural language, such as asking "where is the closest Shake Shack," Topolsky says it's a hit or a miss; sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.

Topolsky's hands-on also clears up a few other details, namely which platforms Glass is compatible with and how it connects to the Internet. Glass is not a standalone gadget; it's an Android and iOS accessory for smartphones and tablets, much like a smartwatch. To get online, it connects via built-in Wi-Fi or by tethering via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet, which Topolsky says can be somewhat flaky. And as expected, the ability to take photos and videos while freeing your hands from holding a camera is incredibly powerful and may just be Glass's best feature, says Topolsky.

The Verge also got to see the first Glass prototype cobbled together from electronic parts:

It sure makes you wonder how Google managed to shrink all the components down and fit it into the relatively slim Glass, doesn't it?

So, who's buying Glass later year?

Via The Verge

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