Google has discontinued the sale of its wearable technology Google Glass in its present form, however, the company said it still believes in the idea of smartglasses. The technology, which provides news, messages and calls exactly to the point of users’ vision, has been on sale in the UK since June, and in the US since 2013.
In a statement posted on its social media platform, Google Plus, the company said the Glass team would move out of the “Google X” incubator labs and become a separate division under current manager Ivy Ross. Google’s smartglasses are quite expensive at £1,000. The organization also said that the Glass Explorer programme, which closes on 19 January, was “a kind of ‘open beta’ to hear what people had to say.”
“As we look into future, we came to a conclusion that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google to be our own team here at Google. The future versions of Glass will be on public domain when they’re ready.” However, the company has not fixed any date for the availability of the next version of Glass.