Next version of Google Glass rumored to be coming soon

Next version of Google Glass rumored to be coming soon
The second-generation Google Glass could be here before you know it. The CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, Massimo Vian, spoke earlier today in Milan and mentioned that the next iteration of the connected specs are coming out soon. Vian's company became one of Google's partners in March 2014, involved in the OG Google Glass. Viam couldn't reveal a precise date when we can expect to see the next-gen wearable.

Led by Tony Fadell, who heads up Google's Nest division, the second-generation Glass moves away from portraying the device as a toy for tech nerds, and turns it into a useful product for the average Joe. And if you think that this is an impossible task, you should count the number of active smartphone users that there are in the world today. Fadell will take his experiences selling a consumer tech product at Google, and apply it to Google Glass.

Vian says that version 2 of Glass is being prepped and that the Glass team is working on ideas for version 3. Google Glass head Ivy Ross has previously said that the next version of Glass would be cheaper (the OG model cost $1500 retail), offer a better display and sound quality, and be equipped with a longer-lasting battery. Unfortunately for Google, none of those things were the reason for the wearable's slow sales.

Instead, it was the "creepiness" factor that might have made Google Glass a hard sell. With bars and restaurants banning customers from wearing the connected specs, and users being nicknamed "Glassholes" the biggest problem that Ross has is softening the image of the product and turning it from something that stalkers would use to making it a product with features that most people could not make it through the day without.

source: WSJ

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20 Comments

1. Scorpion67 unregistered

This thing is so futuristic.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7009; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They need to make a transparent version as well as the colored versions. If they had a transparent version, then it wouldn't stand out so much in the first place. I hope they add an option to remove the camera as well. If the camera is removable, then they could offer different camera choices as well. Like 5mp, 8mp, 13mp, 20mp, night vision, heat vision cameras and more. Buy making the camera removable, they could open it up to more users and markets as well. Come on Google, make it so.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Hopefully it will be cheaper

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I thought they killed this when they closed that area focused on this down? Honestly with all the privacy fiasco going around and Google's subsequent roles in various antitrust probes and privacy concerns I don't really see how Glass is practical.

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

you will see how practical it is, just wait for apple to make a copy

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7009; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's right, wait for Apple to make a copy of it and sell it for more money, because the sheep will buy anything from Apple, at any price. Think I am a liar, then look at Apples latest Apple watch. That is all the proof in the world right there.

16. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You sound butthurt.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He is.

21. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

He speaks truth though. People have dived into a product which has had bad press from early reviews, and people still pre ordered without even seeing if these problems were fixed, or trying the product at all. If that isn't sheep like, then what is?

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What does this have to do with Apple?

22. tedkord

Posts: 17187; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Preach! Shout out from the rooftops!

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Lol Glassholes. so funny but so mean at the same time. I'd buy goole glass if they can get the price under 800$ and make it not look so weird.

6. emperius

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

She aged quickly when compared to the older picture.

7. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Price it properly, make it more consumer and business friendly, you may have a winner

9. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Google Glass didn't technically fail, Humanity is, we are not prepared for this thing. and we don't deserve it, yet.

10. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

(oh, its also expensive af)

11. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Anyone else laugh at this? The first version never even really happened, s**t is so fail it's redonk

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Google should just remove the camera. There would be no privacy concern anymore, and the product would still be useful: you could read messages and notifications, follow map directions while driving or walking, look at realtime data while running or exercising and so on, and tons of useful apps could be devised (i.e. imagine following a recipe while you're cooking and so on). Priced at around $150/250, it would be an interesting alternative to a smartwatch, probably it would sell better because smartwatches aren't selling and now that Apple entered the game, they'll sell even less. Then they could wait for better times to introduce a second version with the camera. This should have been the plan from the beginning, instead they made a huge mistake and scared people off, building a bad reputation for the product.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google should just abandon this project and focus on improving and fine tuning their existing products. There's too much wrong that can go on here and Google isn't exactly in the clear when it comes to privacy.

20. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Yes. You're also then just selling licenses for others to make the hardware. When the camera is integrated a gen or two later by a trusted oem then it becomes more a discussion on specs and design. This will be far more successful when the name Google is removed.

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