Google executive discusses wider rollout of Google Glass

Google executive discusses wider rollout of Google Glass
Timothy Jordan, senior development advocate for Google Glass, spent part of his Saturday at the Engadget Expand conference in New York City. Jordan discussed Google's planning for a larger rollout of Google Glass. "The goal is to make it more available so those who want Glass can get Glass," said Jordan, and Google has worked toward that goal by allowing Explorer members to pick three names each who will be allowed to buy the device. And instead of going through an orientation in New York or L.A., these new buyers can meet with a trained "Glass Guide" on Google's Hangouts.

Google can ramp up production of the connected specs, but is anyone really interested? A recent poll of 2577 adults in the U.S. found that nearly 50% are interested in wearable devices. A somewhat lower score was seen for those interested in wearing something along the line of Google Glass. 49% believe that wearable devices are a fad.

Meanwhile,Google is allowing original Explorer owners to swap their Glass for a new version that comes with a mono earbud and allows the user to swap the lens for a prescription one. Allowing users to replace the lenses that come with the device with their own lenses turned out to be one of the most important things that Google learned from its limited release of Google Glass, according to Jordan.

Google isn't trying to replace your smartphone with Google Glass, seeing it as a "companion device" for your handset. Jordan says, "I find it intuitive. It's natural; it works with what we're already doing. It seems ironic that by bringing technology closer you can get more out of the way."

source: PCMag

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17 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I want Google Glass, but there's no way in hell I'll be able to afford it.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I doubt it will be expensive since google just wants everyone to have their stuff so they can get ads up in your face. Can't wait for release though.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's $1,500 last time I checked, but that was a couple months ago.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Thats for a developer model. The official one will be like $300.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd definity buy a pair if it's $300.

8. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

299US pricetag is what persons, have comapred with others devices and components prices. So it wont cost 299US, but less then 1500US have Google announced. Sony HMZ-T1cost 1KUS when release and now around 800US. So Google Glass will be around that price tag as I guess.

11. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

My pair of glass is being delivered as we speak! Can't wait till I'm off work! And yes, even this second round cost $1500 + tax.....mine ran $1605 total.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U may be surprise if GOOGLE price these at either 299-399$ just saying. Plus I'll be using my tax refund for GOOGLE GLASS only thing i'll be buying next year

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just roll out the damn GLASS already.

7. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Watches will do better... Just watch ;)

9. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i seen what u did there

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Pebble's done okay, but from my viewpoint, Gear doesn't seem to be selling well.

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

could be becaues its $300, whereas the Pebble is like half that or less.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Is it just me, or does EVERY picture I've ever seen of someone wearing Google Glass looks like they are a douche? So is Glass only for douches, or does it make you a douche?

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think it's just that you're a douche.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

are you telling me the guy in the image of this article does not look like a douche? Looks like the definition to me.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't see any popped collar, spiked hair, or beer, so I'm going to say no to him being a douche.

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