Eric Schmidt recently had an interview with BBC radio, where they discussed Google Glass, When asked about the retail launch of Glass, he said, “Well, the developers are beginning now. It would be fair to say that there will be thousands of these in use by developers over the next months. And then based on their feedback, we’ll make some product changes – and it’s probably a year-ish away.” So we won’t see Glass for quite a long time. Are you disappointed?
Don’t be, this answer is pretty obvious. The Explorer Edition models shipped out recently, costing users $1500 and available for developers and creative people. This is their test program, the first line of Glass they have made. They will ship with issues, bugs, and will not be a “retail quality” product. And this is what they are designed to be: A beta program, and a test bed for developers to start making cool stuff.
So of course a retail launch is quite far out there. They’re nowhere near ready for launch, and won’t be for a while. Feedback from the Explorer program will prepare them for this. The wait will be worth it, as by that time, prices will most likely be lowered. Then we can get our hands on Google Glass and walk around looking funny.