|Google Glasses Go Public, Almost|
|Joanna Stern||Jan 16, 2013, 12:19 PM|
Image credit: Joanna Stern / ABC News
Let's start with the good news: Google's about to start to talking a bit more about its Project Glass this month - you know, those futuristic, Internet-connected glasses that show digital information right in front of your eyes, projected over the physical world.
The bad news? For the moment, they're just for software developers.
The company is holding two events - one in New York City and another in San Fransisco - where it will give software developers an early look at the spectacles. "Join us for an early look at Glass and two full days of hacking on the upcoming Google Mirror API in San Francisco or New York," Google said in an email invite it sent out to those who signed up to be on its developers list. These software and app creators will get a device to use on site and will come up with different software ideas and tie-ins.
"These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer program and we're calling them the Glass Foundry," the invite goes on to say. Nope, the average Joe can't show up to see the glasses or take them home. Over the last few weeks, some have been spotted wearing the glasses around New York City. One tester was wearing a pair with prescription lenses.
"We're looking forward to what developers will do with Glass, but we don't have more details to share at this time," said a Google spokesperson when ABC News asked about the upcoming events.
At Google's I/O conference in June, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced that prototypes or "Explorer Editions" of the glasses would be sold to developers for $1,500 in early 2013. Click for the video Google released last year to show the possibilities of Glass.