Google Kisses Its Glass Goodbye — for Now

The computing-enabled eyewear known as Google Glass is "graduating" to its own division as the search giant looks to the next phase of the device's development. However, Google's announcement that it is also halting sales of Glass "so we can focus on what's coming next" has some observers labeling the experiment as a failure.

Google revealed its decision for Glass in a Thursday blog post on Google+. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the transition will involve moving the project from the Google X experimental labs to a division headed by Tony Fadell, founder of the smart thermostat company Nest, which was acquired by Google last year for $3.2 billion.

Rolled out in 2012 initially to just a select group of "Explorers," Google Glass combines an eyeglass frame with a tiny optical display for connecting to the Internet. According to Google's latest announcement, sales of Glass through the Explorer program will come to an end on Monday.

The 'Glasshole' Backlash

Thursday's blog post thanked Glass Explorers for finding ways to use the device in numerous settings, "from the large hadron collider at CERN, to the hospital operating table." It added, "We still have some work to do, but now we're ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run."

Google Glass attracted many fans -- its Google+ account has more than a million followers -- and has shown itself to be useful to journalists, tech professionals who need quick access to online data, Virgin Atlantic staff members who want to provide travel updates to passengers and even military personnel in Nepal who are battling poachers. However, the device's ability to surreptitiously record photos and videos also drew criticism and outright hostility from some corners.

Critics dubbed Explorers who used the device -- especially in public places...

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Google Kisses Its Glass Goodbye — for Now

The computing-enabled eyewear known as Google Glass is "graduating" to its own division as the search giant looks to the next phase of the device's development. However, Google's announcement that it is also halting sales of Glass "so we can focus on what's coming next" has some observers labeling the experiment as a failure.

Google revealed its decision for Glass in a Thursday blog post on Google+. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the transition will involve moving the project from the Google X experimental labs to a division headed by Tony Fadell, founder of the smart thermostat company Nest, which was acquired by Google last year for $3.2 billion.

Rolled out in 2012 initially to just a select group of "Explorers," Google Glass combines an eyeglass frame with a tiny optical display for connecting to the Internet. According to Google's latest announcement, sales of Glass through the Explorer program will come to an end on Monday.

The 'Glasshole' Backlash

Thursday's blog post thanked Glass Explorers for finding ways to use the device in numerous settings, "from the large hadron collider at CERN, to the hospital operating table." It added, "We still have some work to do, but now we're ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run."

Google Glass attracted many fans -- its Google+ account has more than a million followers -- and has shown itself to be useful to journalists, tech professionals who need quick access to online data, Virgin Atlantic staff members who want to provide travel updates to passengers and even military personnel in Nepal who are battling poachers. However, the device's ability to surreptitiously record photos and videos also drew criticism and outright hostility from some corners.

Critics dubbed Explorers who used the device -- especially in public places...

Comments are closed.