BI Report: Google Glass Will Sell 21 Million Units By 2018
Google Glass will become a mainstream product that sells almost a million units when it’s released next year, and grow to selling more than 21 million units by 2018. That’s according to a new Business Insider (BI) analyst report out this week.
“Despite the clunkiness and awkwardness of the early beta version of Glass, we think computerized glasses will establish themselves in certain professional niches and gradually become a mainstream product,” the report says. “Early adopters will use them for medical training, scientific exploration, and photography. They in turn will popularize Glass and other smart eyewear among wider populations still unsure about the appeal.”
BI says Glass sales will be spurred by lower prices over time (it expects the device to sell for about $600 in two years, and then fall from there), increased developer interest and public acceptance of things like looks, privacy and safety issues. All of that combines to produce sales estimates that look like this:
If the average price of Glass over that period is $500, BI estimates Google will be getting about $10.5 billion dollars in annual revenue from Glass by 2018.
But, will these Google Glasses have one or two lenses? The answer to this has huge implications for HIMX.
I can see a one lens and then an additional two lens model. One lens is fine for mobil computing but that second lens would greatly increase the utility of the Google Glasses to entertainment viewing (when safely seated) for watching internet content (movies, videos, sports, streaming, etc.) in stereo and 3D).
So, as a purchaser and certainly as a HIMX investor, I would really like to see a dual display Google Glass option.