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Google Glass could be here next year: Google chairman

Update : 24 Apr 2013, 07:33 AM

Google's long-awaited Project Glass is getting closer and closer to mass availability.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has stated that a consumer version of Google Glass could arrive by next year, while internet speculation appears to suggest one will be able to capture photos with a wink.

The search giant has already started shipping Explorer Edition prototypes to developers and now chairman Eric Schmidt has suggested it will be ready for the consumers next year, technology magazine T3 reported quoting Reddit.

Schmidt said during a radio interview that the Glass will go on sale in approximately one year's time and also took the opportunity to defend Google's dubious tax contributions.

“The most important thing to say about our taxes is that we fully comply with the law and we’ll obviously, should the law change, we’ll comply with that as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, eagle-eyed Android developers have been closely examining the MyGlass companion app in order to discover its capabilities.

Code inside the app includes options to calibrate the glass for eye movement, turn winking on or off and use it to capture a picture.

Admittedly, this throws up a few interesting social conundrums. Eric Schmidt (on the aforementioned radio show) admitted that society might need to adjust to Google's new invention.

"The fact of the matter is that we'll have to develop some new social etiquette," he said.

"It's obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct. You have a responsibility as well, which is to understand what you're doing, how you're doing it, and behave appropriately and also keep everything up to date."

Some establishments have already taken precautions against Google Glass, including a bar in Seattle that, rather presumptiously, has completely banned the wearing of the device inside its walls.

Even though we're getting nearer a firm release date, there's no official indication from the big G about what Glass will cost. All we have to go on is that developers have been given the chance to pre-order the device for $1,500.

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