By now you may already know that Google Glass has graduated out of the Google X labs and moved into its own division recently, which is part of the move that ended the explorer program after two years of public testing and development to get the project off the ground. Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell will now be head of Google Glass going forward and in an attempt to give the Glass project a new start, Fadell has apparently stated to The New York Times that he wants to redesign Google Glass from scratch. This may or may not surprise some people as many have speculated that when Google Glass was ready to move onto or move towards a consumer ready model, that it may not end up looking exactly like the explorer edition models we already see out on the streets.
In the past week or two during Google’s fourth quarter earnings call, Google’s CFO Patrick Pichette talked about how they sometimes ask the teams working on a specific project to take a step back and reset their ideas and goals for the project. He mentioned Google Glass as an example of this in reference to the move out of Google X and appointing Fadell as the new leader of the division. Fadell not only wants to redesign the wearable from scratch and give it a completely new design, but the word is that there also won’t be any public beta testing for this potentially upcoming model.
As such any future iteration of Google Glass wouldn’t get released “until it’s perfect” according to Fadell. We wouldn’t expect anything less as no one wants to see a half baked product pushed out to the masses for consumption. Fadell has a long track record of heading up design for popular products as he was the person behind the original iPod, and you’re all no doubt familiar with the Nest learning thermostat that comes from his company, so whatever comes out of Google Glass under his leadership has a good chance of being not only popular but attractive. Perhaps under the leadership of Fadell and his goal to give Glass a new look, when the product is ready to hit the streets for consumers we’ll hopefully see a much more acceptable(by societies standards)design with visual appeal that won’t make some feel we’re living in an age of cyborgs. A complete redesign likely won’t be limited to just the visual appearance though and we could see something new in the way of how Google Glass functions.