Google Ending Its Google Glass Explorer Edition
It's not the demise of the Google Glass concept, though, says Google. Instead, the focus of the company will now be on future versions of the Google Glass idea.The Google Glass Explorer Edition will come to an end on Jan. 19, as Google drops its production and looks ahead to future versions of its eyewear-mounted computer concept. At the same time, the company has pulled the Glass project from its Google[x] development and research division and transformed it into its own stand-alone division under the Google nameplate. "It's hard to believe that Glass started as little more than a scuba mask attached to a laptop," Google wrote in a Jan. 15 post on the project's Google+ page. "We kept on it, and when it started to come together, we began the Glass Explorer Program as a kind of 'open beta' to hear what people had to say." Now, the project is undergoing what Google is calling a "transition" in which the Glass Explorer Program is ending "so we can focus on what's coming next," the company said in the post. Users will continue to be able to purchase Glass beta versions under the program for $1,500 only through Jan. 19, when sales of the devices will permanently end. "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.)" Actually, it may not be a huge surprise that Glass as we have known it is ending for now.
In December 2014, the latest round of Google Glass patent papers revealed a design for a more streamlined Glass device that could be the basis for a future version of Glass, according to an earlier eWEEK report. The patent drawings revealed that a new version of Glass could include slimmer components over the wearer's ear and other refinements to make it sleeker and more unobtrusive.
In late November 2014, other changes were also being reported about Google Glass, including a move to Intel processors to replace the Texas Instruments CPUs that presently power the devices. The switch to Intel CPUs was seen as part of a plan by Intel to move further into the expanding world of wearable technology, and is reportedly slated for a new version of Glass that is expected sometime this year.