Barry Eitel

By now, you’ve probably seen someone sporting the ultra-obvious Google Glass, especially if you’ve visited the tech blogger-infested Bay Area. I’ve seen some at an 80s dance party in San Francisco as well as several conferences. Friends of mine witnessed a pair being worn at a strip club downtown—one can only wonder what the augmented reality was augmenting in that case (OK, technically Google claims Glass is not augmented reality, but their argument isn’t really convincing).

Mountain View has hinted that Google Glass will be available for wide release possibly by the end of this year. According to an FAQ about Glass provided by Google, the company’s “goal is to make Glass available to a wider group of Explorers [what they’re calling early adopters/lucky technophiles] later this year, with even broader availability next year so stay tuned.”

However, that seems like it might not be the case anymore.

A report last week in Computerworld claimed that Google is pushing the shipping back to next year, contradicting what former CEO Eric Schmidt told the BBC earlier this year.

"We're always adjusting and readjusting timelines,” a spokesman told the magazine. “The most important thing that we do is focus on building a great product for users whenever that might be launched."

Early users have pretty nice things to say about the device.

"This is like having the Internet in your eye socket," one user told The San Francisco Chronicle. "But it's less intrusive than I thought it would be. I can totally see how this would still let you still be in the moment with the people around you."

The user related an “epiphany” when she realized she could continue a call from her taxi through the airport because she didn’t have to use her hands.

"That's when it hit me that, 'Holy cow, I don't have to cut the call off,'" she continued. "I could continue talking because I didn't have to hold a phone. So I carried on a conversation through the airport and people were staring at me like, 'What is that thing on your face?'"

Apple is taking early shots at Glass. Apparently, if you whisper the command to open Glass, “OK Glass,” to your iPhone, Siri will snap back “I think that Glass is half empty.”

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