Consumers Must Wait ‘Til 2014 to Buy Google Glasses

by Christopher Freeburn | April 23, 2013 11:41 am

Google Glass 263x300 Consumers Must Wait 'Til 2014 to Buy Google Glasses[1]Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) high-tech glasses won’t reach consumers until next year[3].

Over the weekend, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the first group of glasses were currently in the hands of developers and that the company would make adjustments to the device based on their feedback. He said the glasses would probably become available to consumers in early 2014, ZDNet noted.

Schmidt’s comments contradict Google’s previous signals that the glasses would be ready for sale by the end of this year.

Dubbed Google Glass, the glasses feature a camera and a video screen, allowing users to take photos and video, while viewing data. At least one self-described dive bar in Seattle has already banned the glasses[4] due to the photo-taking ability.

Last month, the company chose 8,000 early adopters who had participated in an online contest to become the first people to acquire the glasses. The winners of the contest had to pay $1,500 for the glasses and travel to Google locations in three cities[5] to pick up their new toys.

The glasses will be assembled at a California facility owned by Foxconn[6], which is the major manufacturing partner of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[7]).

Shares of Google rose more than 1% in Tuesday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Google-Glass.jpg
  2. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  3. won’t reach consumers until next year: http://www.zdnet.com/google-glass-will-be-released-to-the-public-in-2014-says-eric-schmidt-7000014391/
  4. has already banned the glasses: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/warning-dont-wear-your-google-glasses-to-this-seattle-bar/
  5. had to pay $1,500 for the glasses and travel to Google locations in three cities: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/google-chooses-8000-to-test-its-new-glasses/
  6. assembled at a California facility owned by Foxconn: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/google-glass-to-be-made-in-california/
  7. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL

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