May 31st, 2012

As we get closer to Google I/O, more details are being revealed on Project Glass (sometimes called Google Glass) from Googlers who have been surprisingly chatty regarding the latest project to come out of Google’s mysterious X labs. Yesterday, we showed you guys a video of Sergey Brin talking with talk show host Gavin Newsom on the set of his show for Current TV, where Sergey even let a doubting Mr. Newsom take the specs for a quick test run.

Today, Google’s Product Lead, Steve Lee, spills a few more beans on Google Glass in part 1 of an interview with Fast Company. Lee briefly talks about how the project originally started out as a laptop in a backpack, and has evolved from dozens of prototypes into the early prototype we see today. Most of the buzz surrounding the spectacles have been their photo and video capabilities to which Lee admits is a “key aspect” to the sci-fi eyewear, adding that applications like Google Maps will play a big role as well.

Regarding rumors that Google Glass would be available year’s end launching with a price between $250 and $600 (that’s a pretty big ballpark), Lee denies the claims, saying that information was completely unfounded. He goes on to say that although we most likely wont see Google Glass this year, “if it was a five-year endeavor” Lee continues, “I wouldn’t be on this project.” The 2nd half of the interview will be published on Friday, but you can read part 1 in more detail via the source below.

[Fast Company | Via Engadget]

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