Google's Project Glass to arrive earlier, in stores by the end of this year, but with no cellular connectivity

Google's Project Glass to arrive earlier, in stores by the end of this year, but with no cellular connectivity
Google’s futuristic Project Glass could arrive earlier than expected and be available on store shelves by the end of this year, Google’s own Glass team confirmed for The Verge. Earlier, we’ve been hearing about a 2014 launch date, but obviously now the project has accelerated its pace and the plan is to ship it by the end of this year.

Google plans to sell Glass for less than the $1,500 it now charges developers. If it launches this year, we expect it to be right at the end of it, targetting the busy Holiday shopping season.

The Verge’s lucky Josh Topolsky got to wear and actually use Glass revealing a lot of interesting bits and pieces about it. First and most importantly, Google disappointingly confirmed Glass will ship with no cellular connectivity option. That will significantly limit what you can do with it as the device is voice driven and voice is processed on the cloud. In simple words, the device would turn pretty useless in places with no connection.

Right now it seems the most common use will be with Glass tethered to a smartphone. That of course is not very convenient, but it is what it is, hopefully future generations of the device will add support for it.

Also, it seems that Glass’ most sought after function will indeed be image and video recording. The device is equipped with an LED light that switches on when you record video, much like a webcam. By the looks of it, that light cannot be turned off easily (that’s our assumption here), which would again make it very obvious to passers-by you are recording them.

Another piece that is revealed is the mechanism to switch on Glass. If you had any wild hopes that the device is listening to you at all times, those come to rest. However it does have a very convenient way to wake it up not requiring your hands - you simply slowly tilt your head up. You can also tap on the side of it with a hand, if that’s what you prefer.

There is a ton of other small details and impressions at the original article, so feel free to check it out. It is extremely exciting to see the future come alive in 2013. What do you think about Glass, excited about it?

source: The Verge

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19 Comments

1. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Really excited about Google Glass and its evolution in 2014 and so on !

2. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Was it supposed to come with cellular connectivity? Tethering it to a smartphone does the job I think. And what happens to OK glass command?

3. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

That's fine, I'll just tether it. Now tell me the price and take my money!

4. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I don't think it makes sense to have a cellular radio in the Glass, it takes up space and it uses a lot of power. It makes much more sense for the glass to just use your phone's cellular data and I think that's what Google had in mind from the get-go.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1099; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yep, it could have been the plan all along. To me Glass makes much more sense with cellular connectivity, so can't agree with you on this one. It's also a matter of compromise, though. It's easier to ship something with Wi-Fi only then to certify for carriers. Battery life is also an issue.

9. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

It's about time we start reducing redundancy in our devices. Think about it... if you always have your smartphone with you, and it is always connected via cellular or wi-fi, then there is no point in Glass supporting either of those. Tether it via bluetooth and leave out all other radios to reduce cost, size, and weight, and improve battery life. Unfortunately, though, the cellular providers will push back on this.

11. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Are you certain it will be Wi-Fi? To me it would make a lot more sense doing the connection via Bluetooth, mainly the 4.0 version, as it would be a lot friendlier for the battery both for the phone and the Glass.

5. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Now THIS is innovation! Not something I would use since I would feel like an assh*le using it, but love the tech and potential applications!

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple launched iGlass in 2015 as by then many of the things in this glass would be public and so easier to copy ... wait a minute, are we also looking at S-Glass in 2014 because Sammy is faster in execution than Apple? ... or who knows a Chinese version for $150 in 2014 :D

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

a bit safer than having cellular modules next to your head for long term exposure

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is great news. I guess Google wants too push their GLASS for the holidays sales i mean it won't be with out GOOGLE GLASS if their going too open up their GOOGLE STORE just hope they will open one up in D.C. don't think can make a tripe too NY for their store opening

13. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I prefer it being Wi-Fi only, I have an Wi-Fi only iPad and I like to use my phone as hotspot when I'm out of Wi-Fi range to use the iPad, for the Glass it would be the same configuration. Battery wise, it would drain the cellphone's battery very quick, maybe bluetooth or an improved NFC?

14. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

from the article... Glass will ship with no cellular connectivity option. That will significantly limit what you can do with it as the device is voice driven and voice is processed on the cloud.' ... Jelly Bean has offline voice installed. so voice is still possible, if its based on jelly bean, furthermore. whatever system it ships with will be a year newer/advanced than jelly bean

15. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

If it cost the same as nexus 4 I would certainly buy it

16. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

just take my money. i dont need a cellular connection, thats why i have my phone for

17. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

ohooo...,homemade porn will be more exciting on this glass :P

18. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

"The device is equipped with an LED light that switches on when you record video, much like a webcam. By the looks of it, that light cannot be turned off easily (that’s our assumption here), which would again make it very obvious to passers-by you are recording them." There goes my Stifmeister Productions.

19. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

tethering consume much more phone battery, so not only useless but also lesser your phone usage

20. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Great. So we have to walk around with mobile hotspot on our phones turned on, draining the battery in the process for this thing to work.

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