Despite multiple reports memorializing Google Glass’s death, Google said it isn’t giving up on the wearable tech just yet. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, said the search giant is exploring new ways to utilize the technology, with Nest’s Tony Fadell in charge of making Glass “ready for users.” When it’ll be ready is unclear, but Google has no plans of abandoning Glass even though the face computer is no longer for sale.
“We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true,” Schmidt said. “Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”
Schmidt added that Glass is a longterm plan, comparing it to the self-driving car in that neither technology will truly be ready until several years down the road. In that sense, the Explorer program was simply a very expensive experiment, and nothing more.
Following the program’s closure earlier this year, Google executives have been quick to defend Glass’s honor, with Google X head Astro Teller saying that he regrets the company didn’t make it crystal clear Glass wasn’t finished. For now, Glass will simply fade into the background as Fadell and company work toward whatever face computer future lies ahead.