Google Project Glass is coming next year, according to the man at the top. Whether you think the whole thing is a massive gimmick or genuinely the future of computing, you can be sure that an actual product is on the cards for a 2013 launch. And Google’s really not messing about: the company has just revealed that Project Glass has been in the works since 2009…
Google co-founder Sergei Brin has done what Google likes doing best at the moment – finding any random opportunity to walk in front of a camera with Project Glass on someone’s face. Here, Brin was speaking on The Gavin Newsom Show in the US, and revealed a few tasty insights into the process behind making the AR eyewear.
“These are still a rough prototype,” says Brin. “I have some hopes to maybe get it out some time next year.” When quizzed on just how long Google X has been working on the tech, Brin reveals that the AR eyewear’s been on the drawing board for “two or three years,” even if it’s only been over the past year or so that Brin’s been “much more involved” in the project, to the point where Google X is now the man’s “primary focus at Google.”
So Google Glass has been underway for three years? That’s an awful long time for a technology still a year away from launch. That takes us back to 2009, which is a time before Android 2.0 even landed. Say what you like about the eyewear itself, but that’s a project with ambitious scope for Google – a company known for turning things around fairly quickly and shifting its focus pretty erratically.
To look at the mobile market in 2009 and say that the way forward is AR eyewear? That’s either going to be some really impressive insight, or a huge folly. Looks like we’ll have wait until next year to find out for sure.
Source: The Gavin Newsom Show