TIME Magazine's latest 'inventions of 2012' column may have given away some secret info regarding the release date of Google's anticipated 'Google Glass' gadget.
In TIME Magazines’s recent “Best Inventions of the Year 2012” column, Google Glass is touted as being a revolutionary product. But perhaps they know something we don’t as they also state a release date for the nifty shades, as 2014.
Tech lovers will remember when Google put on a huge hullabaloo to announce Google Glass back in June during the Google I/O event, as Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin employed skydivers to jump out of a plane
with a bunch of other Google staff to show off the capabilities of the newly invented computer-in-a-pair-of-glasses concept.
While journalists and developers at the event were able to put down money on a pre-order for the glasses, all they got in return was a lousy plaque with their queue number printed on it. Like gee, thanks, I just blew $1,500 bucks on what I can get for free every time I go to the post office. Anyway, in the long 5 months since the initial we’ve-got-more -money-than-you parade, there has been little to no news on the device.
While there are sure to be a surge of Chinese clones to come in the near future (Vuzix M100 HMD
, anyone?), even techies with the loosest of wallets are probably going to wait it out for the real deal. I mean, who wants to pay 1k on a useless novelty item? We all know that it will be Google’s software that really makes the device shine.
I've got one and you don't, na-na-na-na-na-na
Thanks to the secrecy of the Silicon Valley messiah of the Internet, there is little we know about what is keeping the device. It may be a software thing; it may be that battery technology is holding it back, who knows. But everyone with the slightest bit of interest in Augmented Reality await with bated breath for word on when the device may see daylight.
Which is why it’s pretty anti-climatic that news on the device should come from a third-party, albeit one with pretty good street-cred, as far as accuracy goes. I mean, it is TIME magazine after all. Added to the mystery is the lack of explanation or source given to their prediction. “Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014.” That’s it. That’s all it says.
Presumably the guys at TIME did their research and have been in contact with the guys at Google, so as it stands this is the best estimate we have for any release date of the techno-specs. It’s kind of a let down that we have to wait another 2 years though. Oh well, I guess until then we’ll have to make do with the Oculus Rift