Google Glass might cost $300 at launch

Google Glass might cost $300 at launch
Google Glass might launch by the end of the year, but its price could turn out to be much more affordable than you’d think. Google could price its smart glasses at the extremely low $299, multiple times less than the $1500 developers paid for the early “Explorer Edition”.

The $300 price suggestion comes from Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute, and is not officially confirmed by Google, so take it with a grain of salt.

The price estimate is based on the possible bill of materials (BOM) for Google Glass. The projector inside the little glass costs around $30 to $35 to manufacture and is made by Taiwan based Himax Display.

“We believe wearable devices will face the first wave of growth in the coming one to three years due to their innovative features, and will then experience a rapid growth in the next phase when the market becomes more mature,” chief Topology Research analyst Jason Tsai said.

Three weeks back on July 22nd, Google announced it will acquire a 6.3% stake in Himax Display.

Now, do not expect Google Glass to become a mass market device right away. It is expected to first attract developers and estimations point out Glass shipments might reach 124 000 units.

source: China Post

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39 Comments

40. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

if it was waterproof or at least resitant but i'll get for 300

36. Obdabeast

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

I have been waiting for this device for some time... I don't care too much for anything but the recording as I will use if for recording when on my motorcycle.

37. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"I don't care too much for anything but the recording as I will use if for recording when on my motorcycle." Then why just don't use an action camera, wouldn't it be cheaper?

32. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

i will buy 3 one for me one for my dad and one for my dog.....

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Don't forget to buy one for me too. ;)

28. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

At that price they must not be manufacturing the final version of Glass in the USA like they did with the “Explorer Edition”.

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Smoking hot price... But after seeing the rumor and reality of Moto X's price, I will not hold my breath... Pinch of salt will not be enough...

26. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I want a pair but I wear glasses. So they are going to have to make some with my prescription in it. lol

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

@ Victor H. do u know how much the Android OS DEV kit cost a few years ago before we have Android OS? just wondering

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

PREYS AND HOPES it will cost 300$

20. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Consider it bought.

19. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

shut up and take my 300 bucks!

17. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

When can we sign up?! :)

16. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

M still thinking what is the use google glasss???????

14. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

300 seems pretty reasonable for the product, especially if they offer it with real corrective lenses or sun-glass lenses at that price. Most high end sunglasses are around 300 already, and they dont have a computer in them, or a mini tv screen.

13. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

$299 in the USA but i can guarantee that wont translate to the UK (£192). You just know it will be £299 ($465). It really annoys me that the UK government taxes the b****cks off of everything!!!!

30. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

your welcome to join us, we have plenty of room and extra money

35. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Sure, but good luck becoming a legal resident of the US...

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I wanted to wait till they mature a bit more and buy the second version. But for that price I may buy one next year when they are out.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why not just get a tablet with more features for that price? The costs outweigh the benefit and practical use of the glasses.

7. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I wouldn't say that. Not yet anyway. Glass's features will largely be connected to it's developers and how they think (or don't think) out of the box. Smart developers, smart product. Also, tablets have to be carried around. Glass remains on your face, which I consider to be a benefit.

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

" Why not just get a tablet with more features for that price? " lmao didn't expect this sort of comment from a krapple fanboy

10. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

The uses are very different. You don't wanna glue your face to a tablet where ever you go, like walking on the streets, or even crossing it. Yes, sadly, people these days do that. I don't really know if it distracts or helps you when driving so I'll leave that out. A lot more functions than that Btw- Record a crime in progress instantly? . I myself think that's an important feature.

11. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Because you would look really silly wearing a tablet in front of you attached to your hat! LOL

15. Sauce unregistered

Why not just get a car instead of a motorcycle? That is how moronic you sound. Use your brain and think why, on a non idiotic brain thought.

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

this have nothing too do with a tablet.

29. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well you could "sync" it to your tab and access it while it's in your briefcase or something. You right though, Glass is an accessory to be used with a phone, phablet, or tab...it's not a standalone device.

34. slyhounddog

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

Good point. In fact, why even have cell phones when we can have corded phones for cheaper? Actually, come to think of it, why have phones when we could just mail letters instead? You're welcome.

4. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I got to try them, they're cool. Fit VERY comfortably, and voice recog. works amazing. Camera shots are pretty decent as well. I'll be pre-ordering as soon as i get the chance. Especially if they're at the $300 price point.

39. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I did to and it was better than I expected. The possibilities with glass are amazing. Can't wait to see what devs come up with.

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