21 May Google Glass Is Edging Toward A Reimagining—And A Relaunch
Glass is changing and so is the world of wearables.
On January 19, Google Glass went off sale to consumers, the end of the first chapter in the story of a device that had sparked scorn and excitement in equal measure. “We’re continuing to build for the future,” promised Google, “and you’ll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready.”
Since then there’s been a low rumble of behind-the-scenes activity from the Glass unit, now under Tony Fadell’s stewardship in the Nest corner of the Google empire. Business partners are, apparently, still getting devices, and the Google Glass team is working out what comes next.
It’s a team that’s growing. Over the weekend we heard news that Google was hiring several new engineers to work on “smart eyewear and other related products,” suggesting that Glass will be bringing some spin-off devices with it on its return.
The job postings spotted by Business Insider cover audio, RF systems, automation and ergonomic design, so feel free to join up the dots and draw your own picture. What’s certain is that Google’s horizons are expanding.
Yesterday, Fadell spoke publicly about Glass for the first time since being put in charge of the division. “We’ve decided to go and look at every detail, have no sacred cows and figure out the way forward,” he said. “I have a really engaged team, they’re really excited about the future and expect more things to come soon.”
That sounds very much like a team that’s ready for a second try than one that’s being wound down. And the mention of “sacred cows” would suggest nothing is off limits when it comes to reimagining Glass.
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