Schematics of Google Glass

Google take their Glasses off (for now)

The launch of Google Glass was a spectacle to developers and the public alike, with the launch of the Explorer Edition in 2013. This edition was primarily a limited, early edition for experts who want to explore Glass and give their own feedback and suggestions to Google. In 2014, news has been circulating about the Google Glass consumer version set to launch, supposedly, in 2015. The latest updates however have confirmed that Glass has come to an abrupt halt in production – reasons being – to give more focus to what’s coming next.

The Google Glass team led by Ivy Ross is now working with former Apple executive now Nest CEO, Tony Fadell after their exit from the Google X Labs. Nest is now a property of Google though this does not make Glass a part of Nest. Glass has become its own entity, a standalone project, and this change will hopefully churn more realistic developments from their often lofty and idealistic concepts.

Glass Explorer Edition will no longer be produced, yet Google still stands firm in their commitment to eventually release the much-anticipated version for consumers. Discontinuing production and shutting down the Explorer program does not mean the end for this breakthrough technology. Google still intends to continue working on future versions of their very first wearable technology, releasing it when it’s completely ready for everyone’s eyes.

glassAt first glance, the sudden suspension of the Explorer program may seem to be a huge letdown for Google and the Glass team, but the company stated that their goal was mainly to accumulate feedback for the forthcoming versions of the Glass. Having enough feedback from how people used the technology; and somehow getting an idea of the public’s reaction, both good and bad, especially its general effect on society; will enable them to focus more on developing better versions of the product to sell to consumers.

More than just fulfilling your sci-fi fantasies and taking a look on augmented reality first-hand, one of the goals of Google Glass is for people to focus more on the world and people around them – to live in the moment and to see with hands free – instead of looking down on our hand-held gadgets all the time. Imagine taking pictures and videos without the extra effort of holding your phone or camera and looking at the screen. Instead, you record your personal live view of the situation or surroundings.

Though these features of the Glass have been looked upon with contempt, especially in public places like bars where they have been banned. An etiquette guide for glass wearers has been released by Google early last year around the same time when Google had opened the Explorer Edition to everyone in the US and eventually the UK for a hefty price of $1500 (£1,000, about AU$1,589). They were last available on the market as of January 19th, 2015. As of today, Google hasn’t announced a new release date for the consumer version or any new software and hardware developments.