Since the news came out that Google closed it’s Glass Explorer program – that’s the name for those users who paid $1.500 to become trialists of the device – many have leapt to the conclusion that the entire project has been canned. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s not that Google wishes to sunset the project by any means, the reality is that have graduated to another division, out of Google X under the guidance of Tony Fadell, otherwise known as “the father” of the iPod, and, Ivy Ross, of prior retail fame and success. Fadell aims to position Google Glass as an everday device.
He is counting on the support of the Italian Luxottica giant, the manufacturer of the famous Ray-Ban, Oakley and Arnette sunglasses, to design new frames and materials for a beautiful and desirable end product.
Not all efforts will be focused on the exterior appearance though. Fadell also wants to change the guts of the system, by partnering with the chip giant: Intel. So, where can we expect to notice the change?: in the performance (4 hours more battery life) and a reduced working temperature.
Google’s objective is a Glass that weighs the same as a regular pair of glasses, so for it to be truly wearable it needs to feel part of your outfit.
But alas, this does not rule out developers continuing to develop on the platform. The modification of the hardware aspect of the device will not affect the programming of Glass.
As of now, Glass Explorer Edition is no longer available in United States or UK, the only territories where Explorers could obtain Glass untill now, But those with Glass freely continue to use them and develop on the platform.
In fact, at Droiders we’re developing glassware, and our goal is to keep investigating and working on various projects, just as we have been doing since 2012, speaking at different public events and working on public and undisclosed Glass for work projects.
For example, this week, Julián Beltrán, CEO of Droiders, gave a talk at the second Clinical Simulation Conference held in Dubai, talking about Glass and other wearable technologies in the mhealth sector with Dr. Homero Rivas of Stanford Universtiy Medical Center.
Finally we’re also proud to exhibit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-5th in the Congress square Hall, stand CS121 where we will be unveiling even more Glassware. We hope to see you there!