Trading hype for some love

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says the Google Glass wearable face computer wasn't a failure, and that they're still working on a new version of it. Things have been relatively quiet on the Glass front since Nest CEO Tony Fadell took charge of Glass and ended the "Explorer Program" that had the first version of the headset going out to early adopters for $1500 a head.

Said Schmidt to The Wall Street Journal:

"It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn't true. Google is about taking risks and there's nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we're ending it.

"That's like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it's not driving me around now. These things take time."

It's not terribly surprising that Google's not giving up just yet on Glass. The Explorer Program was structured around the early adopters with software that was constantly being revamped. It was, in essence, an expensive public beta program, but one that even Google admits the hype got out of control. Under Fadell, Glass is said to be facing a complete redesign leading up to an expected broader consumer launch. When that might come, we have no idea — after the hype and disappointment from the inflated expectations that Glass saw, we're thinking that Fadell, the rest of the Glass team, and all of Google are fine with taking as much time as they need to get things right.

Source: The Wall Street Journal