Google Glass Is Far from Dead, Says Eric Schmidt

After Google stopped selling its wearable Glass device in January this year, many people speculated that the controversial gadget was on its way out for good. However, Google’s executive chairman Erich Schmidt has said that the technology behind Glass is too important to throw away, and that the program has been put under the control of Nest’s Tony Fadell to “make it ready for users” in the future.

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Soon after the project was moved out of Google’s X labs, a few reports suggested that Tony Fadell wouldn’t launch the 2nd generation Google Glass headset without it being completely consumer-ready. If those rumors are true, that means there will be no Glass Explorer program this time around.

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt recently 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.”

“That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now, These things take time.”

Back in December, we heard that the next-gen Google Glass headset, which is rumored to launch sometime this year, would see a complete redesign. Intel is rumored to supply the CPU, as opposed to the Texas Instruments processor in the current model. The new headset will supposedly feature much better battery life as well.

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When Google made the decision to pull Glass off the market most realized that Google wasn’t going to can the whole thing. Google said that the whole program was being restructured. It moved out of the Google X “moonshot” lab and became its own department, led by Ivy Ross. The chain of command doesn’t end there, however, as the whole Glass unit reports to Nest CEO Tony Fadell.

Several people with knowledge of Mr. Fadell’s plans for Glass said he was going to redesign the product from scratch and would not release it until it was complete. “There will be no public experimentation,” one adviser to Mr. Fadell said. “Tony is a product guy and he’s not going to release something until it’s perfect.”

Several people with knowledge of Mr. Fadell’s plans for Glass said he was going to redesign the product from scratch and would not release it until it was complete. “There will be no public experimentation,” one adviser to Mr. Fadell said. “Tony is a product guy and he’s not going to release something until it’s perfect.”

Source:yahoo,bbc.

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  1. April 10, 2015

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