Google Glass kommt in die nächste Phase.

Allen Unkenrufen zum Trotz geht Google Glass von der Prototyp- in die Produktphase über. Google hat heute verkündet, dass das Google Explorer Programm zum 19. Januar beendet wird. Das jedoch bedeutet nicht, dass Google Glass begraben wird - im Gegenteil! 

Vom Prototypen zum Produkt

Hintergrund ist die Überführung des bisherigen frühen Prototypen von Google Glass aus dem Ideenbrutkasten Google X in die Unternehmens- und Produktstruktur. Unter der Führung vom ehemaligen Apple-Mitarbeiters und aktuellen CEO des Thermostats Nest, Tony Fadell, wird Glass innerhalb des Konzerns als zukünftiges Produkt weiterentwickelt. Ein eindeutiges Zeichen, dass man an einen Wearable mit Mixed Reality Ansatz glaubt. Man kann also auf die nächsten Generationen gespannt sein.

We’re graduating from Google[x] labs

It’s hard to believe that Glass started as little more than a scuba mask attached to a laptop. 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.

Explorers, we asked you to be pioneers, and you took what we started and went further than we ever could have dreamed: from the large hadron collider at CERN, to the hospital operating table; the grass of your backyard to the courts of Wimbledon; in fire stations, recording studios, kitchens, mountain tops and more.

Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.

Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.

As part of this transition, we’re closing the Explorer Program so we can focus on what’s coming next. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. 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.)

Thanks to all of you for believing in us and making all of this possible. Hang tight—it’s going to be an exciting ride.



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