Google Glass iOS (teaser 001)

Following the shut down of the Google Glass Explorer program and the reorganization of the Google Glass team, some theorized Google Glass may be dead. However Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, says the Google Glass technology is too fundamental for Google to end the project. 

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal. “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.”

He said Glass, like Google’s self-driving car, is a long-term project. “That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now,” he said. “These things take time.”

Google may be trying to take a page out of Apple’s playbook for future versions of Glass. Now Google has put the project under the direction of Ivy Ross, a jewelry designer. Most notably, Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive known as the father of the iPod and the founder of smart-devices maker Nest, is also charged with the device’s future.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that Google is working on another version of Glass that will be cheaper and have longer battery life, improved sound quality and a better display. Following the term “Glasshole”, Google is also trying to find a way to remove the social stigma that Glass has brought itself.

Schmidt’s comments indicate Google is committed to Google Glass’ future and wants to make this new type of augmented reality device the future.

What do you want to see in future versions of Google Glass?

Source: Wall Street Journal

  • Maxim∑

    Glass was designed for PR, they new from day one in the lab the technology wasn’t even close to ready. We might hear about it again in 10 years but by then something better will most likely take its place

    Same thing will happen with Project Ara…

    • CollegiateLad

      Glass was designed for PR? Do you really believe that?

    • Dan

      More like they were testing their products. That’s why people who wanted to try Google Glass were called ‘explorers’.

      I for one think it’s a good idea and hope Google will keep being open with their ‘tech in progress’. They have a lot of interesting projects in the works. Ara is very promising and will probably pan out, it’s getting a lot of support.

      I really doubt this was for PR, they don’t need it.

      • Maxim∑

        that’s the excuse? I can’t even imagine the amount of crap this comment section would make if Apple released a $1,500 product like that in development stages. Those stories are all PR again, those people were given glass for free to try it out, do you genuinely believe they are still using it today? seriously?

        Ara won’t, problems are all over the place from design to hot swap compatibility problems. Normal consumers don’t want to mess with hardware, they want the phone pre-packaged and ready to go for at least 2 years. If ara ever makes it (which I doubt) its another niche product with 1/10th the sales of Nexus devices for the tech community.

        I don’t think you’ve worn glass, its not that impressive. And its not socially excepted most places which is a huge problem. To make a piece of hardware look like regular glasses is impossible, again by the time it is and battery technology catches up something else would’ve taken its place

      • Dan

        I’m not making excuses and I don’t need to. I’m simply stating my opinion. I really don’t see what Apple has to do in this discussion.

        Google came up with a beta product, people knew in advance what they were getting into. Even if those products are not for me, I find it interesting and applaud Google for doing it since it gives us a glimpse into what’s to come.

      • CollegiateLad

        Yep!!

      • Well said. You can’t state an opinion without people thinking you’re bashing Apple. Ridiculous, it entertained me.

      • Maxim∑

        Yeah, any opposing argument here is immediately viewed as a defense for Apple.

        Your comment proved a point to someone else so thansk for that

      • Rowan09

        I would have to agree with Maxim. Google lets the world know of all its projects and gets defensive when Glass failed and the media thought it was a now dead project. Glass was released to developers and regular civilians willing to pay the $1500 price tag. While it was a limited release there’s no justification for something being $1500 and then getting thrown to the side as just a tester. It was a failed project and we’ll see what happens with the version 2. Google does not open up its software only Android at it’s base is open source, but none of Google services are open source, they are all closed.

      • George

        You have too many

  • Google will hit a home run when you can’t distinguish google glass from stylish eyewear…

    • CollegiateLad

      Agreed!!!

    • Andrew

      Amen to that. I would want to use google glass, but me feeling embarrassed wearing it outweighs the coolness of the device

  • I like that they’re innovating and taking risks, that’s how technology advances, and competitors are already following suit. That said, I honestly won’t pay a cent for any direct Google product, the nonstop spying on me is the payment.

    • Rowan09

      Every company has beta products it’s just that Google advertise all of there projects to the world.

      • True that, but I still applaud them for being innovative and taking risks…

  • ilikeiphone

    The interest will tell if its dead or alive…