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Google Glass set for end of year release

23 Feb 2013
Sergey Brin Google Glass

Google could be planning to release its Glass augmented reality glasses by the end of the year.

A report from The Verge cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting that the Glass project was on track to be introduced to the general public in late 2013. While exact pricing was not given, the report said that the Glass headsets would be priced under $1500.

Google is currently allowing its Glass hardware to be purchased by developers for testing purposes, though the company has given no official word on when general availability for the headsets could occur.

Currently, the Glass platform is believed to be in its early testing phases. Recently, however, Google did show encouraging signs when it opened the testing operations up to members of the general public.

Designed as an augmented reality system, the Glass hardware uses display technology embedded within a pair of glasses. The unit can display information on the screens on top of the user's normal field of vision.

In addition to general information such as date, time and weather data, the glasses can also use locational technology to show information about businesses and social networking connectivity to display information about friends.

The report comes just days after Google announced a major release in the notebook market. The company's high-end Pixel notebook The £1,049 Chromebook model looks to take Google's operating system into a market dominated by Ultrabook PCs and Apple's MacBook Air model.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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