Eric Schmidt Says Google’s Not Killing Glass

Google isnEUt putting the kibosh on Google Glass just yet. Despite the privacy concerns surrounding the wearable technology, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said the tech is too important to toss out the window.

Google Glass is a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display that was birthed out of the Project Glass research and development efforts. In January, Google quit selling the original version of Glass, which the company said started out as little more than a scuba mask attacked to a laptop, and moved it out of Google Labs. The same month, the company also shut down its Explorer program, which relied on so-called Explorers to test and offer feedback on the device.

EUGlass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now weEUre ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run,EU the company said in January. EUSince we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today itEUs one of the most exciting areas in technology.EU

ItEUs a Long-Term Play

Although some thought Google planned to let Glass fall by the wayside, Schmidt put an end to the rumors when he told the Wall Street Journal that Tony Fadell, head of GoogleEUs Nest connected home group, is tasked with making it ready for prime time.

EUIt is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,EU Schmidt told the Journal. EUWe ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isnEUt true. Google is about taking risks and thereEUs nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests weEUre ending it.EU

Schmidt called Glass a long-term project much like GoogleEUs self-driving car project. EUThatEUs like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because itEUs not driving me around...

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