Google chairman Eric Schmidt insists Glass isn’t dead
After Google stopped selling Glass back in January, the wearable’s future looked a little uncertain. Rumors initially suggested the project had been closed down for good, but according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, it’s very much alive and being prepared for consumers.
For a long time, Glass was only available to “Explorers” based in the U.S., and you needed an invite to buy one. Google then made it available to anyone who wanted one, but maintained its $1,500 price tag, before launched the device in the U.K. last June.
But just 7 months later, the company announced that Glass was getting the chop.
Despite what some reports have said, Glass isn’t gone for good. Tony Fadell, the former Apple executive who is often dubbed the “father of the iPod,” who joined Google last February when the search giant acquired Nest, has been tasked with rethinking the device.
According to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Fadell is making Glass “ready for users,” and the device is still a part of the company’s future plans.
“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt 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,” Schmidt added. “These things take time.”
If you didn’t get a chance to buy Glass the first time around, then, it doesn’t mean you’ve missed out entirely. A much-improved version is in the pipeline, and while we don’t know when it will be available just yet, it should be worth the wait given Fadell’s record.
- SourceThe Wall Street Journal