Consumers can expect to wait a while before they're able to lay their hands on Google's much-hyped Internet-connected eyewear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Friday.
US blogger Robert Scoble presents the Google Glass on April 24, 2013 at the "NEXT Berlin" conference in Berlin.
Google recently began shipping Google Glass to software developers who signed on to experiment with the device -- which integrates a tiny camera and voice recognition technology -- at a cost of $1,500 a pair.
"You should assume that it will take us a while" to take stock of their feedback, said Schmidt when asked, at a seminar in Washington on the Internet and freedom of expression, when Google Glass might reach consumers.
"It's extremely early," he said. "Think of this as beta testing, and Google beta-tests for a while and hopefully we get it right."
As for another ambitious Google project, self-driving vehicles, he said: "The timeline is years, not decades -- but not months. Again, it's in the R and D (research and development) stage."
Google Glass, which is powered by Android software, and cars synched to the Internet could potentially enhance the search-engine conglomerate's money-making services, such as online maps.
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