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Eyeglass-embeded computers coming soon, Google says

Sergey Brin, Google Inc. cofounder, wore a Project Glass test device at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Google, owner of the world’s most popular search engine, will sell eyeglass-embedded computers to consumers by 2014 after incorporating feedback from developers, said Sergey Brin, the company’s cofounder.

Project Glass test devices with software and cameras — to give quick access to information in a display above the eyes — will be offered for $1,500 to developers and will ship in early 2013. Google is sharing the design with developers to benefit from their work, Brin said.

‘‘These explorer editions I’d like to get out early next year,’’ Brin said Thursday on Bloomberg TV. ‘‘And within a year after that I want to have a broad consumer offering.’’


Brin showed a demonstration of Project Glass featuring skydivers wearing the glasses, which sent live video.

The Google X lab that produced Project Glass is also working on other technology, including self-driving cars.

Also, Google’s Chrome browser can now be used on the iPhone and iPad.

The Chrome application, released Thursday, is the latest volley in the escalating rivalry between Google Inc. and Apple Inc., which makes those two popular mobile devices.

The announcement highlighted the second day of Google I/O, an annual conference the company hosts in San Francisco for computer programmers.

Google’s attempt to supplant Apple’s Safari browser came a day after it unveiled plans to sell a low-priced tablet computer to compete against iPad.

If Chrome turns out to be a hit on Apple’s mobile devices, it could boost Google’s profits.