Disconnected: Gross sales of Google Glass Suspended Pending Makeover
Google will cease promoting Glass, its Web-related eyewear to shoppers, till the corporate can develop a extra polished and reasonably priced model that is much less more likely to be seen as a freakish system. The gross sales moratorium on the almost 2-yr-previous "Explorer" version of Google Glass goes into impact Jan. 19. The choice introduced Thursday coincides with Glass’ spin-off from the secretive Google X lab the place it was invented. Glass will now function in a division steered by veteran advertising government Ivy Ross, whose previous expertise consists of stints at style-acutely aware corporations similar to Hole Inc. and Calvin Klein. Ross will report back to Tony Fadell, who performed an instrumental position within the design of Apple’s iPod and now runs the sensible-equipment maker Nest Labs that Google Inc. purchased for $three.2 billion final yr. Google will nonetheless promote a model of Glass to corporations which have discovered makes use of for the system of their workplaces, shops and factories.
The Mountain View, California, firm nonetheless plans to return again with a brand new shopper mannequin of Glass, however hasn’t set a timetable for the subsequent launch. By the point Glass returns to the buyer market, it’ll face extra competitors from different wearable computing units, together with a line of sensible watches that Apple Inc. plans to start promoting this spring. In a Thursday weblog submit, Google likened the Explorer version of Glass to an toddler studying the way to stroll. "Properly, we nonetheless have some work to do, however now we’re able to placed on our massive child footwear and discover ways to run," Google stated.
Google hasn’t disclosed what number of models of the Glass’ Explorer model have been bought. The corporate says about one hundred companies, together with Hewlett-Packard, Boeing and Taco Bell, are testing Glass as a device for work.
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