Google Glass release date in 2014

Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is "a year-ish away" from mainstream release

Stewart Mitchell
23 Apr 2013

Google Glass augmented reality specs will not have an official release date for at least a year, according to chairman Eric Schmidt.

With the first hardware sent out to developers over the past few days, rumours had suggested a 2013 launch for the wearable computing device, but now the official release date looks more likely to be spring 2014.

"The developers are beginning now and it would be fair to say there will be thousands in use by developers over the next months," Schmidt told the BBC. "Then, based on their feedback, we'll make some product changes - so it's probably a year-ish away."

Privacy fears

Schmidt also played down privacy fears over how the wearable devices – which are equipped with a video-capable camera – might result in people were being recorded without their knowledge.

According to Schmidt, wearable devices in general would lead to a change in social behaviour to allay such concerns.

"These types of devices will bring in a whole bunch of such concerns, and the fact of the matter is we'll have to develop some new social etiquette," he said. "It's obviously not appropriate to wear these sorts of glasses in places where recording is not correct. You already have this problem with mobile phones.

"Companies like Google have a responsibility to keep your information safe, but you have a responsibility as well to understand what you are doing, how you are doing it and obey appropriately."

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