The tech world has been in a tiny uproar, sounding the call of doom and gloom ever since Google made the announcement that it will be ending the Google Glass Explorers Program, which will effectively halt sales of the mobile computer eyewear product. While many have predicted that this is the end of the idea that people should be able to wear computers on their faces, others (including this author), are pointing out that they are clearly not reading the post in its entirety.
While the Google Glass Explorers Program will definitely end on January 19, The program will be moving out of the Google [x] development department into its own standalone division under the watchful eye Nest CEO, Tony Fadell. For those of you who don’t know, Google purchased Nest last year for a whopping $3.2 billion. So the guy who has been at the forefront of home automation technology, and was responsible for the iPod at Apple, is now going to bring the struggling product under his innovative wing (yes, pun fully intended).
Even though the product has been largely derided, and banned from being worn inside a number of businesses, Fadell is still optimistic about its potential success, offering this The Verge, “Early Glass efforts have broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike. I’m excited to be working with Ivy to provide direction and support as she leads the team and we work together to integrate those learnings into future products.”
Ivy Ross is the leader of the development team who will be reporting directly to Fadell. Plans for a more affordable version of the product for the average consumer, and the development of new apps are currently under way. Cheer up everyone! The future of wearable face tech seems pretty sound. All I ask for is a GeekGirl World Pink Edition, and Tony if you are reading this, that’s hex color #e84974!