At Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco yesterday, Google co-founder Serguei Brin took to the stage to present a new video demo of a skydiver sporting the firm's upcoming smart specs. Conference participants were also offered the opportunity to pre-order a prototype of the Google Glass intelligent eye-wear, which they'll be sent to test in 2013 at a cost of $1,500 per pair.
For the time being, the beta glasses won't be equipped with 3G and will probably only be able to connect to a Wi-F network by tethering to a smartphone. This would effectively turn them into one seriously pimped hands-free kit, with a built-in camera and access to Google services like the diary, voice recognition, clock, weather reports and messages (SMS, MMS, e-mail), not to mention Google's Maps, Latitude and Goggles.
Google is apparently hoping to trim down this hefty price tag for the final retail model, which has no confirmed release date yet but is expected in 2014.