googleglassesLarry Page is excited about the potential of Google Glass — so much so that he gets the chills when wearing them.

On the first quarter earnings call today, Google’s CEO touched on several different aspects of his company, including Google’s high-tech augmented reality spectacles.

He said he gets the chills because he thinks it represents the future. Page added that he’s been using the gadget mostly for taking photos and videos, making phone calls, sending messages and getting directions — the core functionality of what Google built into Glass.

“Someday we’ll all be amazed that computing involved fishing around in pockets and purses,” he said.

Page was keen to note that while Google is still putting most of its focus on its big bets (Chrome, YouTube and Android), he’s certainly also thinking about what the future entails.

“We’re excited to get [Glass] out to some developers and have other people create some amazing experiences with it,” he said of Glass. “We’re still in the early days, but it’s very exciting.”

The first buyers of the $1,500 Google Glass are starting to receive their prototypes in the mail. Google plans to put them on shelves later this year or early 2014.

5 Point Cafe.
The 5 Point Cafe has already banned Google Glass. 

“There are so many opportunities to create technology that makes people’s lives better,” Page added. “We are still only at one percent of what’s possible and we are really just getting started.”

Here in Seattle, one bar has already banned the use Google Glass inside its establishment. The 5 Point Cafe, which has its own surveillance cameras, fueled a privacy debate on our site and around the nation after announcing that they’d were the first Seattle business to ban the glasses in advance.

“Ass kickings will be encouraged for violators,” it warned.

GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman responded and wrote about why that ban may not be needed after all.

What do you think? Can’t wait to get your hands on Glass? Or are you concerned about the privacy issues it raises?

Previously on GeekWire: Seattle bar that banned Google Glass has its own surveillance cameras

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  • panacheart

    The surpreme court has already decided against our right to privacy by saying that if you are in a public place, you have no expectation of privacy. But I draw the line at being constantly videotaped. There will be some ass kickings as these things go public, you can be sure of that. It’s obnoxious and intrusive, and in many cases reeks of voyeurism. For example, creeps wearing these in crowded buses and subways stand to have their head knocked off.

  • Thomas King

    I would use one for specific situations, like videotaping while off-roading or riding a bicycle. However, I can see how everyday commuting with these things might creep other people out.

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