Google Glass 2.0 in the works, says Google partner

Back so soon, Google Glass?

Italian eyewear maker Luxottica CEO Massimo Vian said Friday at a company meeting that it is working on a new version of the Internet-connected specs, according to the Wall Street Journal — and that it’s coming out soon.

Google stopped selling Glass to consumers in January, saying that it would continue to “build for the future.” Google’s move came after the $1,500 gadget became one of the most well-known but far from widely adopted wearables to hit the market, and was coveted/ridiculed/feared/banned for a multitude of reasons.

Matt O’Brien reported in January that the Google Glass team would be moved out of the Google X research lab and be overseen by Tony Faddell, co-founder and CEO of Google-owned Nest Labs. And Luxottica, which makes the Ray-Ban and Oakley brands, told Matt then that its partnership with Google would continue. The WSJ notes that Vian was recently in California to meet with the Google Glass team.

So what exactly does coming out soon mean? There’s been talk that Faddell would not “release something until it’s perfect.”

In an email to SiliconBeat today, a Google representative said “the team is heads down building the future of the product and we’re not commenting on rumor or speculation.”

 

Photo: An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

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  • tinymouse

    Womp womp. Same issues will still apply to people’s privacy being perceived as at-stake with potential wearers’ seamless and anonymous ability to record, in addition to glasshole behavior being difficult to stamp out. The body language of looking at a watch or some other entity held in the hand as a tool is much less intrusive for bystanders than is someone wearing glasses and who is seemingly in relationship with and available to the immediate environment but who is actually not. There is a public trust that is up for question when it comes to the intersection of public and private space potentially being exploited by someone wearing something like Glass so seamlessly and anonymously. I’m not sure that making Glass more fashionable and seamless will improve this problem or make it worse.

  • watchman88

    Hope the next iteration is simple and cheap with a focus on health, sports and navigation uses eg display of cycling/running speed & hr from bt sensors, maps, downhill ski vertical & runs,… Will be nice to be able to keep eyes on the road / trail / path but still be able to monitor this data.

  • To be honest, i didn’t even had positive experience with Google glass. I tried it, didn’t like many things, so i don’t really believe in this products. But, in other hand, we will see what they can offer in 2.0 version. Will stay tuned.

 
 
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