While most tech journalists have been saying that the Google Glass should reach customers later this year, 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, if Schmidt is right, then we’ll have to wait till 2014 before we can get our hands on the Google Glass.
There have been many concerns raised about the Google Glass and the negative impact it can have. Schmidt addressed some of these concerns too.
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.