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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – It’s been six months since Google unveiled its Google Glass project, and it appears the tech giant is still hard at work ironing out the kinks to get the product ready for consumption.

In an interview with IEEE Spectrum, the head of the Google Glass project, Babak Parviz, said that his team is continuing to try out new ideas, and that both the software and hardware development is coming along. “We constantly try out new ideas of how this platform can be used,” Parviz told IEEE Spectrum. “We’re also trying to make the platform more robust. This includes making the hardware more robust and the software more robust, so we can ship it to developers early this year.”

Google first debuted the titanium-framed glasses headset during its conference in June. At the time, the wearable platform had video and audio capability, along with a built-in compass and accelerometer, and it was controlled by head movements.

In his interview, Parviz added some insight on what the company has been working on since that July debut. Right now, he said, the device has a touch pad for changing settings and Google is experimenting with voice commands. Parviz’s team is also working on adding in a phone call feature to the glasses, as well as amping up the battery life to last an entire day.

“This is a complicated thing. This is not a laptop or a smartphone. It’s an entirely new platform. So how people interact with it and what people do with it is totally new territory,” Parviz said.

Glass most likely won’t be available to consumers until 2014, but Google has said that a select group of developers will have the chance to purchase the $1,500 “Explorer” edition of the device in early 2013.

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