Google has pushed out a second update for Glass, adding a calendar feature as well as enabling SMS support for iPhone users, as the start of what the wearable team says will be more frequent updates from now on. The new features build on Glass' much-anticipated KitKat update last week, which Google says will now allow for speedier feature changes.
Google is inviting would-be Google Glass buyers to test the style of the wearable and its designer frames at home before slapping down $1,500+, with a new "Home Try-On Kit" being offered to select potential Explorers. The scheme, which was quietly revealed by one of the people invited to take advantage of it, also seemingly addresses questions about what Google was doing with the returned first-gen Glass Explorer Edition units it offered to swap out for newer hardware a few months back.
Google designer Isabelle Olsson has a challenge on her hands: making Glass appealing enough to wear every day. Olsson is the subject of a new Google Design Minutes video, discussing her horror coming face to face with some of Glass' early prototypes - one less than ergonomic example of which you can see here - and how she's particularly proud of the way the frame and the Glass hardware itself look separate.
Google has ceased sales of Glass, bringing its one day invitation-free event to a close with news that all its spare spots in the Explorer Program are filled, but staying tight-lipped on exactly how many were sold. The Glass free-for-all - well, as "free" as a $1,500 developer device can be considered - kicked off yesterday morning, and supplies of at least one color version were exhausted a few hours later.
As promised, Google today opened the Google Glass Explorer Program to the public, providing a limited time shot to get your hands on the wearable device. The availability runs out tonight, and while those who want to get their hands on a pair still can, the "Cotton" (white) color has sold out.
There’s been no shortage of Google Glass parodies and straight-up copies since Google released their heads-up display in 2012. While Google’s design has stuck to its guns since the developer edition - aka the Explorer Edition - has been released, there’ve been several iterations in competing camps since that year. One example is Samsung, whose latest patent for such a product reveals an ultra-simple solution.
It's the eve of open Glass sales day, and Google has raised the stakes with news of a big update for the wearable due later this week that will bring Android KitKat among other improvements. The new Glass OS, which Google says will be pushed out over the next few days, brings the latest version of Android along with the promise of improved battery life and stability, as well as the potential for more Glassware apps.
This Tuesday, Google will throw open the order books for Glass and start its first round of invitation-free sales. To many it's a hard sell - $1,500 worth of conspicuous face-jewelry without a clear use-case - whereas to others its the gateway to the new generation of wearables. Either way, those who flex their credit cards and join the Explorer program may have to face a growing push-back against technology.
According to a study by IDC, in the year 2018 the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million units being used the globe. This is a huge number predicted, considering we are still in a nascent stage and its only 2014. Perhaps our anticipation of the big public Google Glass sale is getting the better of us. Many potential Glass users have the $1500 stashed aside and the calendar cleared for the upcoming Tuesday, but the question still remains… where are we going with wearable technology?