Insider sources tell ComputerWorld that Google Glass won’t ship until next year. That backtracks on earlier rumors that the Internet search giant would begin shipping the consumer version of the glasses before the end of 2013.
Google Glass features a camera, microphone and small LCD screen embedded in the glasses, permitting users to take photos and videos of their surroundings and view online information.
While some had speculated that the expensive glasses would hit store shelves in time for this year’s holiday shopping season, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was quoted earlier this year saying that Google Glass wouldn’t be ready for sale until 2014.
Not everyone is enamored with the idea behind Google Glass. Lawmakers have raised concerns over potential breaches of individual privacy resulting from the camera and possible facial identification software.
Earlier this year, the company selected 8,000 early adopters to test the glasses — which cost about $1,500 — through an online contest.
Shares of Google rose fractionally in Tuesday pre-market trading.