Google stops producing 'smart' glasses


It stops production of its "smart" glasses, as announced by Google and will experiment with existing ones.

Google Glass

But it will not stop working on a new future and improved version of Google Glass for consumers, which will be released sometime.

The current Explorer program of the company that tested the first Google Glass, will stop, while a separate department will undertake to design future versions of "smart" glasses, according to the BBC and the French Agency.

The "Explorer" program started in the US in 2013 and allowed software developers to buy the glasses for $ 1.500 to try them out and create new apps specifically for them. Then the same opportunity was given to any user who wanted to try on the glasses. In fact, for about two years now, Google Glass has been in an unusually long pilot (beta) release.

While everyone was expecting the next step to be the wide circulation of more glasses on the market, the company unexpectedly made it clear that next week it stops accepting orders for Google Glass, although it will continue to support other companies already use these glasses.

The Glass Team, under Yiwu Ross, who developed Google Glass, will leave Google G (which promotes the company's "crazy ideas") will become a separate unit and will refer to Tony Fandel, its managing director automation company Nest, which Google bought last year.

While Google has emphasized that it remains committed to creating new "smart" glasses, it has avoided defining the timing of their release in the future.

Google Glass had found an enthusiastic supporter in the face of co-founder Sergei Brin, and had so far created great expectations for the audience as they can view online information on a small screen over the right eye, take photos and videos, and more .

But, along the way, as many users used it, there were few who said they were bored or tired. Concerns have also arisen on health, safety and privacy issues.

BBC technology analyst Roi Sean-Jones estimates Google Glass "at least in their current form", and notes that Google, with its unexpected decision, will be faced with a large community of users who paid a not insignificant amount to buy them. What's more, what's going to happen with Google's collaboration agreements with well-known eyewear makers such as Ray-Ban, Luxotica and others?

Market surveys have shown that many consumers (43%) would be interested in buying "smart" glasses, so there is a big potential market. Other companies have tried their own versions of "smart" glasses, but none have so far been a great success.

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