Google has thanked its Glass followers “for exploring with us” and attempted to placate frustrated fans who paid US$1,500 for the privilege of testing the smart eyewear by saying “the journey doesn’t end here”.
However, there are no hints as to the future of Glass, which was officially removed from the market in January and some commentators from IT and mainstream news sources have suggested that rather than being further developed, Glass would be quietly faded out. Criticisms of Glass have included the weight of the unit, the limited battery life, the inability to level the screen and display for the purposes of reading content or recording images, poor audio quality, and concerns over privacy issues when used to take photos or videos.
Google remained upbeat as it withdrew Glass from the market back in January with a statement that said, “Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology.
“Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realise that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality… we’re continuing to build for the future, and you’ll start to see future versions
of Glass when they’re ready.”
Interested parties can register to receive product development updates at google.com/glass/start.