But Google never claimed Glass was dead. The company is no longer selling first-generation hardware and the project is now under management of Tony Fadell, the creator of the Nest learning thermostat (which Google acquired last year). The plan is turn Glass from an experimental project into a consumer-oriented device (which hopefully won’t cost $1500 anymore).
So when will Google Glass 2.0 launch? Soon. Maybe.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the CEO of Italian eyeware company Luxottica mentioned a partnership with Google on next-gen Glass hardware during a general meeting recently.
Details are scarce, but apparently Luxottica is working with Google on “version 2” of Glass with Google, which is at least a pretty good sign that the project isn’t dead.
What’s not clear yet is whether the next-gen Glass will feature new hardware or just a new design. Early versions of Google Glass were criticized for offering short battery life and for using a rather old processor. Some groups were also concerned about the privacy implications of a wearable computer that basically puts a camera on the wearer’s face.
It’s possible that the new design will address some or all of these concerns.
It’s also possible (maybe even likely) that Luxottica is just one of the eyeglass companies working with Google on new hardware. Luxottica just happens to be one of the first to make a public statement about the project: Google hasn’t had anything public to say about Glass 2.0 yet.