Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced today that it will ship the Google Glass Explorer Edition this month to individuals who were chosen by the company to test its futuristic device.
Google Glass is an augmented reality eyeglass integrated with a camera, display screen, and processor. It displays e-mail and other information to users through a small screen above their right eye. Users will be able to control the device using voice commands.
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The spokesperson of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) confirmed to ABC News that the search engine giant aims to ship the Google Glass Explorer Edition this month. The spokesperson said, “This month Google hopes to ship the Glass Explorer Edition, designed for the first people to examine the potential uses of Glass. Developers can tinker with Glass and consumers can try it out in the real world.”
The first batch of people who will receive the Google Glass Explorer Edition are those who signed up in the company’s explorer program during the Google I/O developer conference last year, and those who joined the #ifIhadglass social media contest. The search engine giant selected 8,000 winners who shared their ideas on what they would do if they had a Glass. The company announced the winners of the contest two weeks ago, and the majority were celebrities, members of the media, and even politicians. The first batch of Google Glass owners paid $1,500 for the device.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) also announced the partnership of Google Ventures with venture capitalist firms Andreesen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Bryers in developing applications for Google Glass. The project is called Glass Collective, which would provide seed funding for start-ups and developers to create applications for the device.
Marc Andreesen, co-founder and general partner of Andreesen Horowitz wrote in a blog, “We are working with Google to encourage a new generation of startup entrepreneurs to build applications for Google’s new breakthrough Glass platform.”
“Now, of course, a lot of work remains to be done between today and the full realization of the Glass vision. The exciting part about today’s announcement of the Glass Collective is that just like with the Internet and smartphones, a huge amount of that work will be done by third-party developers, who are going to have in Glass a brand new platform and springboard for creativity to play with. All of us involved in the Glass Collective are absolutely certain that developers are going to create thousands of ways for millions of people to use Glass and improve their lives and the world around them,” added Andreesen.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) aims to produce an affordable version of the Google Glass for consumers, which is expected to be available by the end of the year.