Google on Wednesday showed off its most recent version of Google Glasses to developers at its Google I/O conference and now the company is taking pre-orders for the items at a cost of $1,500 per pair.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin introduced the glasses by showcasing a team of skydiving Google employees who were wearing the internet-connected glasses as they jumped out of a blimp and landed on the conferences building rooftop. The glasses were used to live-stream the jump and subsequent travel into the conference centers main floor where Sergey Brin waited.
The developer-only version of the glasses dubbed the “Explorer Edition” will be made available in early 2013 and according to Brin:
“This is new technology and we really want you to shape it. We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible.”
After developers and Google work out all the kinks and perfect the product a cheaper version of Google Glasses will go on sale in early 2014 for the general public.
We also learned on Wednesday that the glasses use a trackpad located around the side of the frame which also features a built-in battery, although those features could change once the glasses are finally made available for general use.
In case you missed the video here is the crazy Google Glasses introduction for the Google I/O conference:
Prototype pricing for high-tech gadgets is never cheap but $1500 seems like a fair price if Google Glasses are something a developer wants to develop applications with before it even reaches a potential mass market.