Google still committed to Glass says chairman

Eric Schmidt says Google not ending investment in Glass wearable device

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Google still committed to Glass says chairman Google is still committed to its Glass wearable device, which is now its own program within the company, says Schmidt. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 24, 2015

Google has confirmed its commitment to Google Glass and denied that it will cancel its research into wearables.

Speaking in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company was still developing future versions of Glass, despite the announcement in January that the first version would be discontinued.

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

Glass was launched in 2013, but only as part of a limited release under the ‘Explorer’ programme, which was intended to help software developers to understand the potential of the smart glasses and to develop applications for it. The product was never launched to the wider public.

The smart glasses gained a great deal of interest from developers, but concerns were raised over violations of privacy because of Glass’ onboard camera, and also its useability. In the UAE, Dubai Police developed a number of applications for Glass, mainly for traffic enforcement.

Google announced that Glass would be moved from its research arm Google X to its own separate division, which will be headed up by current Glass manager Ivy Ross.

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