Since January when the Google Glass explorer program came to an end there has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of the technology that was ahead of its time. Some of that speculation has been officially cleared up by Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, with him calling Glass a “big and very fundamental platform for Google.”
Google Glass has graduated from Google X, the department known for their new ventures, and is now being overseen by Nest’s Tony Fadell who made mark in the world of technology with the original iPod. Ivy Ross is still remaining as the head of the newly graduated Glass team as well.
Eric Schmidt also said:
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… That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now; these things take time.
Google Glass has been criticized by many since it first came out making appearances in court for driving with them on, being banned from various establishments, and being banned from movie theaters across America as well. Most of the criticism has come from the camera that is right above your right eye that has the possibility of it being able to take a video or record anything you might be looking at.
With Glass being made ready for its users it will be interesting to see if they remove the camera functionality of the device and how it might change in design. It will be interesting to see if they come up with a different sleeker look or keep the style they have now. With Tony Fadell overseeing the program now I believe that he will ensure it will be simplistic yet aesthetically pleasing. I’ll be interested in seeing where the program is headed and what it will evolve into. Hopefully we hear more about it sooner rather than later.
What do you think about Glass being redesigned? Is there anything that you would like to see added or changed from the explorer edition that has been out for the past two years? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.Source: Wall Street Journal