Don’t Expect Google Glass Under the Christmas Tree This Year


When Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) chief executive officer Eric Schmidt said in April that his company’s highly-anticipated Glass technology was a “year-ish away,” many analysts didn’t believe him, claiming that the CEO was overestimating how long it would take the product to launch. Now, it looks like Schmidt is proving his naysarers wrong, because Google has officially set the connected eyewear’s release date to sometime in 2014 and many consumers are thus crossing the Glass technology off their Christmas lists.

When Computerworld asked a Google spokesman about its adjusted dates and rumors over a 2013 launch, according to CNBC, the spokesperson explained that, “We’re always adjusting and readjusting timelines. The most important thing that we do is focus on building a great product for users whenever that might be launched.”

Now, although the mass market may be frustrated that it won’t be getting its hands on Google Glass before the new year, lawmakers and other venues are  likely breathing easy that they now have more time to brainstorm the legislation and rules that will undoubtedly follow the Glass’s launch.

 A handful of automakers such as Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Mercedes Benz have already been working to implement this new technology into their next line of vehicles, but certain regulators may hinder that technological progress.

The U.K. Department of Transportation has already posted warnings that the technology will not be permitted on the region’s roads and that legislation is also extending to the United States. West Virginia lawmakers recently introduced a bill that makes it illegal to drive on state roads while “using a wearable computer with mounted display,” and other states may quickly follow suit.

That kind of legislation even extends off the roads. Certain venues such as bars and casinos are already barring the technology from within their walls, and other social establishments are quickly gearing up to do the same. These places want to ensure that their patrons’ privay and rights are maintained, but luckily now with this recent Google announcement, business owners and lawmakers won’t have to make any big decisions just yet.

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