After Google pulled Glass, its wearable AR headset, from digital shelves back in January, a lot of people speculated that this was the final nail in the coffin for glass. However, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has spoken up, calling the device ‘too important’ to kill and that the Glass project is now in the hands of Nest’s Tony Fadell to “make it ready for users”
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GLASS IS A “BIG AND VERY FUNDAMENTAL PLATFORM FOR GOOGLE.”
“We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling 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…[It’s] like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now,”
– Eric Schmidt to the Wall Street Journal
Rumours from the end of last year had suggested Google was going to relaunch a new, cheaper Glass, with Intel supplying the parts. The new device allegedly had a new design, better battery and was almost half the price. With such a long list of rumours and user desires for the next iteration of the device, it’s clear Glass is awhile away from being a serious consumer product. That being said, with Schmidt’s comments and Google’s faith in Fadell, it’s also clear we havent seen the last of Glass.
[Via The Wall Street Journal]