Every move that Google has made regarding its wearable Glass computer has been closely scrutinized, particularly the staggered, picky rollouts of the device, most recently with Glass Explorer applicants. We were generally led to believe that the device would be made available to the masses later this year, but new comments from Google's chairman indicate otherwise.
During an interview this weekend with British radio host Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4, Google Eric Schmidt revealed that Google Glass will probably not be made available to the general public until sometime next year. Responding to the host's question, "how soon is [Google Glass] likely to come onto the market?" Schmidt said, "there will be thousands of [Google Glass] in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback, we'll make some product changes, and it's probably a year-ish away."
So, according to Schmidt, rather than being made available to consumers later this year as promised, most of us probably won't get a chance to use the device until sometime in the spring of 2014.
In addition to revealing a pushed back launch date, Schmidt also addressed some of the concerns being voiced regarding Google Glass wearers invading the privacy of others. Schmidt said, "the fact of the matter is that we'll have to develop some new social etiquette. It's obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct. Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe but you have a responsibility as well which is to understand what you're doing, how you're doing it, and behave appropriately and also keep everything up to date."
You can listen to a portion of the Schmidt interview (the part about Glass starts at the 4-minute, 28-second mark) here.