While the Explorer Editions of Google Glass are making their way out to the lucky early adopters (with extra cash), the rest of the world is wondering when it can get its eyeballs on the product. According Eric Schmidt speaking to Radio 4, the answer is roughly a year from now.
He also believes that the technology behind Google Glass goes beyond just this one product:
"At the moment what you do is you wear it. There are tremendous numbers of applications that can be imagined - augmented reality - where you see what's going on in real-time and then we annotate that. We say, oh that's this building, or this is something that you've already done, or those sorts of things."
He also discussed the need for new etiquette. We don't exactly have a lot of people running around with cameras and a search box strapped to their face right now, so the idea is something people will need to warm up to. That's not to say it's impossible. Five years ago, we hadn't really settled on whether it's okay to use your smartphone at the dinner table because most people didn't have them. Emphasizing this point, Schmidt had this to say:
"It's obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct. Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe but you have a responsibility as well which is to understand what you're doing, how you're doing it, and behave appropriately and also keep everything up to date."
You heard it folks. Google will keep up its end of the bargain by ensuring all your Glass pictures and are recordings safe, but if someone punches you in the face because you wore it to the urinal, that's on you.
Source: The Telegraph