The Google Glass wearable headset computer has a new lead, and it's none other than Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell. The Glass project is also moving out of the Google X experimental unit nearly 2 years after its initial release. Current Glass chief Ivy Ross will still be running day-to-day operations of the Glass organization, and Fadell also is not leaving Google's home automation subsidiary Nest, nor is Glass becoming part of Nest. Additionally, sales of the first-generation Google Glass headset are ending on January 19th, with no word of what comes next.
Fadell has been rumored in the past to be taking on more responsibility at Google. The move to take over Glass is a promising one, with Fadell's years of hardware experience including blockbuster products like the original Apple iPod.
The transition is more than just in the leadership of the Glass program — the Explorer Program and sales of the first-generation Google Glass Explorer Edition are also ending:
As part of this transition, we're closing the Explorer Program so we can focus on what's coming next. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In the meantime, we're continuing to build for the future, and you'll start to see future versions of Glass when they're ready. (For now, no peeking.)
More interesting, perhaps, is the moving of Glass out from under the Google X umbrella. This means that Google no longer views the project as an experiment, two years after it first launched to limited availability and considerable hype. With the end of first-generation Glass sales coming soon, we're hoping that means a more functional and more affordable version of Google Glass is on the way.
Source: +Google Glass