When Google ended its Glass Explorer program in January, the company made it clear that wasn’t the last we’d seen of its futuristic headset.
But an improved Version 3.0 may be less about moving the future forward than simply not wasting innovative technology.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Glass is not yet dead.
“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt told the paper. “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.”
Mid-January reports suggested the Web giant is overhauling its Google Glass business ahead of a next-generation launch. Removed from the Google X “moonshot” pile, the glasses were put under the control of Nest Labs founder Tony Fadell.
But, like the autonomous vehicles peppering technology news these days: Augmented reality is a long-term project that even Google can’t expect to get right the first time.
“That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now,” Schmidt told the Journal. “These things take time.”
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SOURCE: PC Mag, Stephanie Mlot