Google recently decided to knock the Google Glass project on the head, which came as a huge surprise to many people. However, the search giant hasn’t yet given up on the project as it turns out it may be completely redesigned prior to a proper launch.
According to people in the know who spoke to The New York Times, the team will redesign Google Glass entirely from scratch. Furthermore, it won’t be released to the public until it’s fully complete, which means there won’t be any pre-production models for order by developers and the general public.
Even though Google Glass is no longer in production, Google has in fact continued to work on the project with jewellery designers such as Ivy Ross, and also Tony Fadell, who is an ex-Apple executive who left to form smart home startup Nest – he’s now in charge of the new project to revamp Google Glass.
Google Glass 2 – mainstream appeal?
Tony Fadell has recently said that “early Glass efforts have broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike… I’m excited to be working with Ivy to provide direction and support as she leads the team and we work together to integrate those learnings into future products.”
The fact that Ivy Ross and Tony Fadell are now working to productise Google Glass 2, and that the project hasn’t been completely canned as previous reports on tech sites proclaimed, there’s a lot of optimism that Google Glass 2 could appeal more to the mainstream in a way that the original didn’t.
In fact, the first version received considerable criticism from the media and tech pundits, mainly because of the way it looked, leading to the term “Glasshole” in reference to the people wearing them in public. For example, one definition is “someone who has early access or is in possession of Google Glasses, and flaunts them around like a jerk”.
SOURCE: New York Times