Who would have thought that the next generation of Google Glass may just as well ditch the glass altogether, but that’s exactly what the team behind the wearable technology has opted to do. According to The Information, Google’s Project Aura is working on three prototypes of Google Glass, out of which at least one doesn’t feature the glass screen.
Google Glass graduated from the Google X labs in January, and as such, the team began reporting to Nest co-founder Tony Fadell. Fadell is now saying that the project wasn’t forced on him, but that he offered to help clean up the Glass project and make it something “important.”
A new FCC filing for a device from Google that includes “GG1” in its identifier has many thinking this may be version 2, or the consumer version, of Google Glass. There are not many details available, but a couple clues point to the device being some type of wearable. Read more
Google’s Glass project never really took off, but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning it. According to a recent job listing for the company, it looks like they’re expanding the scope of Google Glass to include “smart eyewear and other related products,” with listing open for several different positions.
Of course, everyone knows Google is the type of company that toy around with tons of different ideas and products, some of which never actually see the light of day. We do know that Google is still working on a newer version of Glass that will hopefully go over a little better with consumers, but there’s no telling when that will actually hit the market. Read more
Popular eyewear manufacturer Luxottica which owns brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley and several other major sunglasses brands is now looking to partner with Google for the upcoming version of Glass. The information was given out by the CEO of Luxottica, Massimo Vian during the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy. Read more
Prior to the shutdown of the Glass Explorer program, Google X’s Astro Teller explained that wearables are not easy to embed into consumers’ lives. He event hinted that the company shift its focus away from Glass shortly before the shutdown. Now, with the device’s successor looming, Teller has commented on why Glass’ first outing failed.
I know many people think Google Glass is dead, but trust me it isn’t. The closing of the Explorer Program and shuffling of key people is just a normal step of the evolution process. Explain to me how they could transition from a $1,500 Explorer Program version of Glass to a more consumer-friendly version that is much cheaper. The only way is to put things on hold and then re-launch it which is exactly what they will do.
The Google Glass team is getting a bit of a shake up under Fadell’s new leadership. Long-time Glass engineers, particularly three notable ones, are being reassigned to different Google products and fresh blood is being pumped into the project. Read more
According to a report published in The New York Times earlier today, Google Glass will face a major design overhaul as part of a new set of plans outlined by Nest CEO and recently-appointed project leader of Glass, Tony Fadell.
Two weeks ago, the Google Glass Explorer program was shuttered. The entire future of Google Glass was questioned and existing owners of the smart glasses expressed concern over software support. Fortunately, developers will still be able to submit Glassware to make available on MyGlass.