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Google Glass: 3 predictions for the eyewear technology

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According to a recent survey, if 10 people laid eyes on Google’s new wearable technology Google Glass, only four would recognize what it actually is.

Here's what Yahoo News had to say about the eyewear technology:

The search company asked 1,000 people if they could identify the niche device and 58.9 percent admitted they couldn't. For this survey, the number of people who couldn't decipher that Glass was a real thing and not a leftover prop from The Island ticked down to 58.5 percent.

Clearly, Glass has a visibility problem as it marches toward its public release next year. So, it's no surprise that Google is amping up publicity for it by bringing out humungous barges and a traveling roadshow to convince America that it's not a totally imbecilic product.

Will Google Glass fizzle out before it even makes its way to the general public? Currently, it’s only available as a beta to those that sign up and are accepted into Google’s Explorer program. Being an explorer doesn’t mean Google sends you the new wearable technology for free. Early adopters pay $1,500 to look into the future of computing.

When released, Google will likely lower the price to make it more obtainable, but that’s only part of the first prediction. Let’s break down what the future holds for Google Glass.

Google Glass: Price and Release Date

The number top questions people familiar with Google Glass (an apparently not many are) have been asking is when will it be available, how much will it cost and what will it look like.

In terms of availability, many tech analysts and experts are pointing to sometime in 2014. When exactly is still a mystery, but it’s safe to assume it won’t be in the first quarter.

Google has recently ramped up its Explorer program, offering more people to test and develop the gadget and make it more ready for the general consuming public. That type of move typically means the search giant is anxious to get product out before the Apple’s and Samsung’s of the tech world beat them to it.

Designer Glasses

It’s almost a forgone conclusion that Google Glass won’t cost $1,500 when it’s finally released. For $1,500, one can buy 15 designer normal glasses from Zenni Optical , or a new Macbook and an iPad.

Don’t expect Google Glass to be cheap, however. This is revolutionary technology that takes a 1-by-1 inch cube of glass that gives your eye and brains the illusion that you’re looking at a 24-inch computer screen. Expect a price around $1000. If Google is really aggressive and aims to make money from apps and Glass accessories, maybe they’ll drop it down to $750. Of course, other tech companies will jump in on the “glasses” type technology and a pricing war will begin.

What Will Google Glass Look Like?

If you see someone wearing Google Glass today, you might think they’re a little late (or a little early) for Halloween, but hey, that Star Trek costume looks pretty cool.

It’s difficult to imagine today’s Google Glass being the final design, but that could be the case. Obviously Google would want the computerized screen to look as much like lens on a normal pair of glasses, but that might still be a ways off technologically.

Google has already strategically leaked that they’re working on integrating prescription eyewear with Google Glass, which is a huge step forward. Expect the side that holds the earpiece and actual piece of computerized glass to be thinner — nearly unobtrusive — but don’t expect people not to notice you wearing the gadget.

The visibility of Glass could be one of its strongest assets. If it catches on, it becomes a social status symbol. If it doesn’t, Google will have to frantically come up with a better design.

Wearable Technology

The final thing on everything’s mind is: Why do I need Google Glass? Not a bad question, especially if we’re shelling out more than $1,000 for this innovative piece of wearable technology.

Professionals in the medical field have already found early uses for Glass, journalists will love its multimedia capabilities and real estate agents are salivating about its potential when showing homes.

But what about the everyday consumer? Expect big apps that smartphones and tablets wouldn’t be capable of. Golfers will be able to tell how far they drove the ball. Normal retail stores will include interactive elements for shoppers. And family videos will include those fun and in-your-face first-person perspectives.

Glass will go as far as developers take it. The future is endless.


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