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Google's Futuristic Glasses Move Closer to Reality

Sergey Brin, Google Glass

Google cofounder Sergey Brin demonstrates Google's Glass, wearable Internet glasses, at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco on June 27, 2012.

Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Google recently announced that it is selling a prototype of its Internet-connected glasses, known as Google Glasses, to U.S. computer programmers for $1,500, hoping they can suggest improvements and build applications that will make the glasses even more useful.

The programmers would receive their glasses early next year.

"This is new technology and we really want you to shape it," says Google co-founder Sergey Brin. "We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible."

If the prototype experiment goes well, Google will release a less expensive version of the glasses to the public in early 2014. However, Brin says Google still needs to fix several problems with the glasses, such as finding a way to make the battery last longer so users can wear them all day.

"I think we are definitely pushing the limits," Brin says. "That is our job: to push the edges of technology into the future."

The glasses are meant to interact with people's senses, without blocking them, notes Google engineer Isabelle Olsson. The glasses are expected to appeal to runners, bicyclists, and others who want to document their activities as they happen.

From Associated Press 
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