Eric Schmidt: Google Glass isn't dead

Google's executive chairman says Glass is still "big" and "fundamental"
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Back when Google killed its first version of Glass and the Explorer program, we reported that the iconic wearable was essentially dead but only temporarily.

Now it's official. Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, has told the Wall Street Journal that the Glass project was given to iPod inventor and head of Nest Tony Fadell to "make it ready for users". Doesn't sound like Schmidt is mourning any tech then.

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He was pretty bullish about Google Glass' future, actually. He acknowledged that it is a long term project and made a comparison with Google's self-driving cars.

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

Schmidt also had a little dig at the media for proclaiming Glass dead or cancelled.

"We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us cancelling the whole project," he said "which isn't true.

"Google is about taking risks and there's nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we're ending it."

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And just to reiterate that Glass is a big part of Google's wearables strategy he added: "It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google."

Google's hopes now could lie with its partnership with glasses manufacturer Luxottica. As we said back in January, "Glass made wearable technology the burgeoning success story it is today, yet it epitomised every failure, every misgiving and wrong step. It was a textbook example of how not to create a wearable in 2014.

"Whether Google drops the project or manages to make Glass 2.0, we'll still look back in 20 year's time and point to Glass as the place where it all began."


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