Google Glass isn’t dead but is being developed for consumers
25 March, 2015 | Technology
Back in January, Google closed down the Google Glass Explorer programme. The programme was created to let people test out the wearable technology at a very high price. Many believed the end of the Google Glass Explorer programme meant the end of Google Glass; however Google has now set the record straight.
Google has now confirmed that Glass is still being developed with their next target audience being the average consumer.
This means that Google are remodelling the Glass device to be more affordable in order to have a broader consumer launch.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, has said that Tony Fadell who manages the Glass division is trying to make Google Glass ready for users.
Once the end of the Explorer Programme was announced, Glass became its very own department at Google, allowing them to take an experimental product to a consumer level.
Eric Schmidt has also said “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. We ended the Explorer Programme and the press conflated this into us cancelling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”
He also added “That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now… these things take time.”
It isn’t clear when Google will be releasing a Glass product more suitable for the average consumer but we do know it is in development.
With the up and coming release of the Apple Watch predicted to be a huge hit, does Google Glass have a place within wearable technology?