The next version of Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear from the US search giant, may arrive sooner than you think. The CEO of Italian eyewear company Luxottica, Massimo Vian, has said his company is working on the new device, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. He stated that it’s “coming soon” but didn’t give a definitive release date.
Google Glass not dead, after all
Luxottica is the same company that makes Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses, and has been in partnership with Google since May last year to make frames for the device. Vian spoke at Luxottica’s general meeting in Milan, Italy, says the Wall Street Journal.
“The team is heads down building the future of the product and we’re not commenting on rumor or speculation”, Google said in a statement.
This news is the most recent indication that Google is still committed to its rather niche and experimental product. The device, which overlays computer-generated information over what the wearer sees, has had a rather patchy development since it was first unveiled in 2012. Many people have slated the product’s built-in camera and always-on recording capabilities for reasons of privacy. And of course, the nerdy early adopters have often been nicknamed “Glassholes”.
In January of this year, Google said it would discontinue the current version of Google Glass and put the product development under Tony Fadell, co-founder of Nest (a smart thermostat) and one of the pioneers that came up with the iPod whilst at Apple.
That move generated a lot of speculation about the future of the product, but Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in March that the project was indeed still alive.
“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google”, Schmidt said at the time. What a Glasshole!
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal