Eric Schmidt: Glass Technology Is Too Important To Scrap And Is Currently Being Made "Ready for Users"


One of the more interesting platforms which has been developed in recent times, is the idea of glassables. Since Google released their main offering in the form of Google Glass, there has been a number of alternatives in development and primed to land in due course. These include options from the likes of Sony and Toshiba. As such, the market is considered to be a realistic option. This is in spite of devices coming with rather high price tags and little adoption.

The market did take somewhat of an interesting turn back in January when Google announced that Glass was moving forward and leaving its current placement with Google X Research Labs. At the time, this sent the rumor mill into overdrive with speculation that Google were taking their foot off of the Glass pedal and maybe even abandoning the project altogether. However, that was far from the case with the project just moving forward to the next stage as a more independent and standalone product. In short, Glass was graduating. As such the news also came through that Glass was now being moved to under the watchful eye of Nest's Tony Fadell.


Well, Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt has been out reiterating Google's belief and intention behind Glass. In a recent interview given to the Wall Street Journal (source link below), Schmidt states that the technology behind Glass is too important to scrap. In fact, Schmidt states that the moving of Glass out of the Google X Labs and under Fadell's control is actually a move "to make it ready for users". In terms of a more mainstream approach to Glass, Schmidt likened the move of Glass (and the speculation which mounted around the move) to that of self-driving cars "That's like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it's not driving me around now". Further adding "These things take time". As such, it does seem that Google and Schmidt are making their intention behind Glass known. It might not be in such a mainstream position over the next coming months, but the assumption is that this should not be mistaken for the platform no longer being developed.

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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]

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