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Researcher Expects Google Glass to Cost $300

Despite the fact that we got our first glimpse of Google Glass in the spring of 2012, Google won't be launching the consumer version of its HMD until next year. Google hasn't talked much about its plans for the consumer launch of Google Glass. The company is still very much focused on the Explorer program, which was briefly reopened earlier this month. That hasn't stopped other people talking about the consumer release, though.

The China Post cites Jason Tsai, a researcher at the Topology Research Institute, as saying Google Glass is expected to cost $299 when it finally goes to market. Tsai says the display, which will likely be supplied by Himax Display Inc. because Google has a stake in the company, will account for the biggest share of the bill of materials. The display's price is expected to be between $30 and $35.

Google has said in the past that it expects Glass to cost about as much as a smartphone when it hits general availability. Right now, as part of the Explorer program, Google Glass costs $1,500 and is only open to a limited number of people. Once the product launches to the public experts predict that the market for such devices is going to explode. Back in April, IHS predicted that the global market for smart glasses could amount to almost 10 million units from 2012 through to 2016. Topology Research Institute expects similarly explosive growth for wearable devices in general. TPI says the wearable computing market will grow from $1.2 billion in 2011 to $18.3 billion in 2018. Indeed, rumors of Apple's plans for a smartwatch as well as Sony's Smartwatch 2 (announced in June) suggest that wearable tech is on everyone's minds. It's been coming for a while, though. LG debuted its own wristwatch phone back in the summer of 2009. Even Motorola had Dick Tracy dreams.

  • Would love to have one of these devices myself one day.
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  • dameon51
    I always read these articles (I'm such a sucker for gossip)... but they're so arbitrary. It might as well say "Fortune teller's cat's brother's friend Excepts Google Glass to cost $300"
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  • ipwn3r456
    $300? I doubt Google will make it 80% off...
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  • whiteodian
    It's not 80% because there isn't a definite price on it. The $1500 is like a developer kit. Honestly, I can't fathom people paying $1500.00 for this. If it costs that much, even half that much, I really think they will struggle to sell very many units. $300 is a sweet spot.
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  • OtaconTheiDiot
    otacon72 , August 9, 2013 7:05 PM
    I'd pay $99 for it...about it.

    Like always, you have nothing of value to say. Just a mad and jealous iFreak
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  • BranFlake5
    I'm interested in what this could offer me. I'd like to have it as a smart device maybe that could benefit me fitness wise and music wise. I doubt the bone conductor will be a good music device, but in a pinch, it might work. Maybe I could replace my contacts with prescription GLASSes, probably not, how bout sunglasses, Yeah that'd be cool. 300 Dollars would be a good price IMHO, It's pretty well "crafted" and would pair great with my Nexus 4.
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  • bustapr
    @ipwn

    official google glass price has never been mentioned. the $1500 price was just for the people who really REALLY wanted in on the beta testing. $300 or lower is a very believable price for such a product. of course this price would be without any specialized glass.
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  • xero141
    yet another analyst/researcher prediction article.. i miss the good old crystal balls of last century.. those were somehow just better.
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  • xero141
    yet another analyst/researcher prediction article.. i miss the good old crystal balls of last century.. those were somehow just better.
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  • borisof007
    This device will have a pre-release in about 2 months or so. Cost will still be about $1,000 since it has no competitors on the market (I'm sorry, I don't consider the Jet to be a real competitor). I've tried this device myself with people that work on site, WITH web browser functionality.

    Let's not also forget that common cutting edge smartphones are actually more like $500-$700, and only cost us $200-$300 because they're subsidized over the life of a contract. I predict a $700 price for general release with $1k for pre-release.
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