The next upgraded version of Google Glass, with prescription frames and a mono earbud, is coming out next year for general public. But 'Glass Explorers' who own the former will receive the latter as a renovated substitute early in November.
The people who currently own Google Glass will be in for a new variety called Google Glass 2 by 2014. These explorers are lucky since they will be the only ones to get the device in mail. Google Glass was the wearable technology from Google that consisted of a mini computer fitted into a spectacles frame.
The major difference between the first prototype and the later version, which is yet to come, is the compatibility with prescription glasses. Even tinted glasses will be perfectly in synch with the novel model. Since the bone conductor speaker in the current variety was found lacking in functionality, Google Glass 2 will sport an ear bud to boot.
Google announced on Monday that "later this year, all Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we’ll also include a mono earbud."
It’s not clear whether the current users of Google Glass will get Google Glass 2 for free or at a fixed price, according to ArsTechnica. The number of users of Google Glass at present amounts to 10,000. They may recommend the new model to three friends or acquaintances of theirs. The related three people will of course have to pay the regular cost price of $1500.
The official launch is due in 2014, yet Google is already road testing the device. It wants to see how it fares in the hands of the common people. Although Google Glass is a fairly handy device and appears non-intrusive, it has provoked fears among the public. Some think you can take surreptitious pictures of people with it and even invade anyone’s confidentiality.