When Google announced late last week that it would be shuttering the Glass Explorer Program, the tech world exploded with premature obituaries for the infamous devices, as some assumed this meant the end for the company’s controversial wearables.
Not so fast…
While Google is cutting off v1.0 sales of Glass — like it or not — the company isn’t calling it quits on its eyepiece wearables quite yet.
In addition to Google’s Glass at Work program, which will reportedly continue to thrive, the company itself said that it is working on future versions of Glass, posting on Google Plus that the public will “start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready”. It has also been reported that Google Glass will be moved out of the company’s X labs & into its own business unit.
The troubles will Google Glass 1.0 are well documented — from privacy concerns to Explorers being termed “Glassholes” (an issue the company itself tried to quell) to the $1500 price tag not being very inviting to even the most obsessed tech geek.
My Hopes for Google Glass’ Future
In full disclosure, I am one of those who would actually wear Google Glass — just, definitely, without-a-doubt, not the version that is currently on the market.
So what could Google do to make Glass more appealing?
First off, let’s make them a little more fashionable, yes? I realize the original concept of Google Glass was to purposely make them distinctive — but, that doesn’t mean they have to actually look like something out of a sci-fi movie. If I’m going to shell-out over $1000 for glasses, they at least need to look good.
As for the price, I also understand why the first version of Google Glass was priced so monstrously high — it was meant to be restrictive, of course, to only allow those into the beta that were serious about testing out the product. But, combined with the fact that wearables have come a long way since even Glass 1.0 was produced, and given that competitors like Sony are making initial runs at the market, Google now has an opportunity to give the public a reasonably-priced, high-tech eyeglass (that people will actually wear).
With all luck, we may just see version 2.0 of Google Glass at this year’s I/O. Question is, will anyone be interested?