Google Glass is exiting the experimental stage, and will be bringing the two year old Explorer programme to an end. From now on, Glass is its own division within the company and will be headed up by Tony Fadell, CEO of the recently acquired Nest.
Nest currently makes a series of connected appliances and gizmos for integrating a home into the internet. It is assumed that Fadell will use his expertise in making devices people want to have in their home to find a place for Google head mounted display, although it will be an uphill battle to improve the image of Glass.
While the initial reaction to Glass was excitement and the feeling that the future was finally arriving. However, that soon turned as the public turned against people who signed up for the Explorer programme; inevitably coining the term “glasshole”.
How the new team will change the direction of Google Glass will be interesting to see. The futuristic device has been in development for a long time, and is taking a lot longer to get going than other Google projects. Things like the Project Ara and self driving cars are closer to a consumer release, despite being announced much later than Glass.