As reported August 22 on DigitalTrends.com, Google Glass Explorer Robert Scoble says a Google insider tells him Google is renting space at Best Buy stores to sell Google Glass there in 2014. So far, people have only purchased Google Glass direct from Google or via the Google Play store online. Update: Google has discredited this rumor: See article.
The current publicity blitz about Glass makes it reasonable to think that Google will be offering the product for sale to the public soon. That's one logical explanation for the fact that Google is working to generate so much buzz. At this point it's easy to believe that Glass may be offered for sale to the general public in time for the holiday shopping this fall and winter, though nothing has said that it will be available before 2014.
Examples of the the fact that Google is working to generate buzz about Google Glass include these:
- Google Glass appeared on Diane Von Furstenberg and her models at Fashion Week in New York City, September, 2012.
- Google Glass received prominent positioning at Google's developers' conference in San Francisco, May, 2013.
- Mercedes-Benz is working to have their in-car navigation system work with Google Glass in 2014.
- Google Glass has a 12-page spread in Vogue in September, 2013.
- Google has released numerous videos, like the one contained within the HuffPost news video attached to this article, which promote Google Glass.
What is Google Glass: It's a smartphone accessory that's worn on a glasses frame. It has a camera, microphone, speakers, storage and a battery. Google Glass interfaces with a smartphone via Bluetooth, the technology used to make wireless headphones work with a smartphone. Google Glass can take photos and videos and make phone calls. It's controlled by head movements, by voice commands, or by touching the device on the right side of the glasses frame.
Price: Now, Google Glass costs $1500 and is only available to a limited number of people hand-selected by Google and identified as Explorers. USAToday and others note that the components used to make Glass cost less than $300. The price will likely decrease in the future, depending on demand and competition.
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