Google Glass is definitely one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year, with reports claiming that the wearable computer will become available for purchase by the end of the year. You probably are aware that the Google Glass has a price of $1,500 now, but how expensive will it be after it enters mass production? A Taiwanese researcher claims to have the answer to the question.
According to Jason Tsai from Topology Research Institute in Taiwan, the Google Glass will be priced $299 on launch. How did Jason Tsai estimated the Google Glass Price? Well, he tried to find out what it will be the costs of producing the device, then added a bit more to the final sum to make it a profitable device. For example, the little thingy in front of your eye, which is basically the display of the Google Glass has a price of around $30 to $35. The Google Glass display is supplied by Himax Display, Inc. and the Mountain View-based giant has recently purchase a 6.3% share in the company.
A Google Glass priced $299 is the wet dream of any geek or enthusiast, given that the developers who got into the Explorer program had to pay $1,500 for the wearable device. If Tsai got his estimations right and the Google Glass will indeed be priced only $299, then the device has the likes to become one of the most popular products on the market.
The Google Glass units that were sold through the Explorer program comes with adjustable nosepads and a durable frame that fits any face, which accommodates the HD display that is the equivalent of a 25 inch screen from eight feet away.
The audio is handled by a Bone Conduction Transducer, while the camera mounted on the Google Glass frame has a 5 megapixel sensor capable of recording 720p videos. You will be able to connect the Google Glass to your Android-powered smartphone using the Wifi – 802.11b/g or Bluetooth modules, while its battery is capable of getting it through a whole day of typical usage, then recharge it using a microUSB cable and charger.
Even though Google Glass comes with a total of 16 GB of flash storage you will only have access to 12 GB, but, fortunately, you will be able to access your files and media stored in your Google Drive.
Will you purchase the Google Glass if Tsai’s estimations are accurate and it will have a price tag of $299?