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Google possibly preparing to open Google Glass stores

Google possibly preparing to open Google Glass stores

Is Google set to take after Apple and open its own high street stores?

New rumours have emerged suggesting Google may be about to open high street stores especially to promote its Google Glass wearable computers.

Rumours of Google opening stores have been around for many years but the latest source, who was speaking to Business Insider, has suggested the day could finally arrive, and that Google Glass is the product leading the initiative.

“Our source tells us he knows someone that is working at Google to develop the Glass stores,” the site reports. “This person apparently meets with Sergey Brin to plot out the stores.”

Business Insider goes on to say "Our source indicated that Google was looking to create stores specifically for Glass. These Glass stores would put the Glass brand front and center. They would help customers get set up with Glass."

While the idea of Google opening high street stores seems perfectly possible, that the company would push so heavily on Google Glass is surprising. Although there's a lot of intrigue over Google's new gadget, it seems unlikely the public is set to start buying them in their bucket loads.

That said, Google Glass is a tactile device that needs to be tried to understand so reaching out to the public in this way could certainly help accelerate adoption.

For those not aware, Google Glass is a headband Bluetooth gadget for your phone that incorporates a tiny display that sits in front of one eye. This is used to display information such as your emails, directions to where you're going and such like.

Currently only 8000 have been made, they've all been sold and they cost $1,500 each but when the device hits stores - high street or online - later this year it's expected to cost a few hundred pounds/dollars.

FLASS
In other Google Glass related news, an Australian man, Nathan Myers, has made his own fake Google Glass (FLASS) using the monitor from a pair of MyVu Crystal 701 video glasses, a bluetooth headset and a Samsung Galaxy S3.

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The contraption uses the video-out feature of the phone to relay the video signal to the eyepiece - a simple, effective though perhaps rather ugly solution. You can read more about it on the Overclockers Australia forum.

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Silver51 9th May 2013, 08:40 Quote
A product looking for a market?
liratheal 9th May 2013, 09:34 Quote
I suspect the majority of people who would buy these would probably not venture onto the high street...
XXAOSICXX 9th May 2013, 12:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I suspect the majority of people who would buy these would probably not venture onto the high street...

Why do you say that?
liratheal 9th May 2013, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I suspect the majority of people who would buy these would probably not venture onto the high street...

Why do you say that?

The kind of person who'd be actively interested in that product would no doubt find it cheaper online ;)
themassau 9th May 2013, 14:06 Quote
maybe they need to find a way that you can use an add-on for existing glasses. because many people have optical glasses and can't see without them and I prefer to choose between how the glasses look.
LordPyrinc 9th May 2013, 18:41 Quote
As if people aren't distracted enough already by mobile devices. I'm waiting for the first news report of a person walking out into a busy street without looking first because their attention was divided between RL and Google Glass. How ADD has society become that people constantly need electronic visual stimulation? Additionally, I just can't fathom that this device or similar iterations of such can gain enough of a market share to justify the cost of having it's own brick and mortar storefronts. Google will still likely do it, just because they can afford to, but profitable? I seriously doubt it.
Lazarus Dark 11th May 2013, 01:57 Quote
I have to correct something from the article: "For those not aware, Google Glass is a headband Bluetooth gadget for your phone that incorporates a tiny display that sits in front of one eye"

No. It is an autonomous device, running its own operating system. It can operate by itself over wifi, it is not simply a smartphone peripheral. It can of course connect to a smartphone to extend its capabilities and share cell data access when wifi is unavailable.

Honestly, you guys should know better than this.
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