Although Google Glass eyewear will no longer be sold, the company insists it remains committed to launching smart glasses that consumers will buy. However, in their present form, the Glass will no longer be produced.
The program, known as Explore that made it possible for developers of software to purchase Glass for $1,500 is closing. In place of traditional Google Glass, the company plans to work on future versions, which will be manufactured by a different division.
In 2013, the Google Glass program launched in the US and then quickly opened up to other markets. Expectations were that a full consumer launch will follow soon behind but according to reports, the search firm will no longer take orders starting next week although it will still provide support to companies that use Google Glass.
As stated, the Glass team will move away from the Google X division, which is heavily involved with “blue sky” research. Instead, under Ivy Ross, the current manager, the undertaking will become separate. The team along with Ross will report directly to the Tony Fadell, chief executive of Next, the home automation business that Google acquired last year.
In a statement from Fadell, the initial Google Glass project set the ground work for the team to learn the things that enterprises and consumers find most important. He also stated that he is excited to work with the existing team on future projects.
People who used Google Glass when it first launched were excited because they could gather information on a tiny screen located above the right eye but also take quality videos, pictures, and even driving directions. At first, people felt they could not do without the product but unfortunately, the intrigue began to fade.
The biggest complaint was that Google Glass was not evolving as promised but in addition, people voiced concerns about safety and privacy. Things became even more complicated after certain restaurants and bars banned Google Glass. Then, other wearable technology was introduced, which pulled away even more users of the eyewear.
Although Google Glass will no longer be sold, the company stresses that this technology and product are not dead, merely being revolutionized. The ultimate goal is to provide users with an enhanced product that is more aesthetically pleasing.