Google is ending the Glass Explorer program and will stop selling Google Glass kits for $1500. But this might be good news for enthusiasts of Google’s wearable computing device that puts a screen just above your eye.
That’s because Google Glass is moving out of the research division at Google X and the team working on the product will now report to Tony Fadell, the guy behind the Nest learning thermostat.
In other words, Google is no longer treating Glass as an experimental product for developers and early adopters. The goal is to make it a product you’ll actually be able to buy for a reasonable price… eventually.
Worried that you’ve missed your chance to pay $1500 for an Explorer Edition version of Google Glass? Don’t worry — Google will keep selling them until January 19th, and the company will continue to run its Glass at Work program which lets companies and developers purchase the devices.
Fadell will continue to oversee Nest as well as Google Glass, while the Glass team will continue to be headed by Ivy Ross. She’ll just report to a different boss and presumably have a more consumer-oriented focus for future versions of Glass.
Later this year Google plans to launch a new version of Glass. But there’s no word on exactly when that’ll happen, how the new hardware will be different, or how much Glass will cost.