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Google Glass: What Happened To The Smart Glasses? – News Nation USA

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Google Glass arrived and left in a very short space of time. While not all of Google’s products and services are destined to be instant hits commercially, Glass would have been another smart product that could have easily made its way into smart home networks. Unfortunately, Glass went the way of Google+, and so many other Google services, ending the possibility of a more immersive connected experience.

Google had been developing smart glasses for multiple years before a public retail version became available in 2014, following a limited-availability run in 2013. This was during a time when smart devices, multitasking, and button-free commands became main topics and talking points in the tech industry. The company felt that then was the right time to push Google Glass to consumers, as it offered a hand-free means of viewing content and performing tasks. The idea of users being able to take phone calls and use platforms like Facebook any time, and without a smartphone, gave Google the early impression that Glass might be a success.

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However, Google Glass was a product often avoided by consumers for one reason or another. Maybe it was the steep $1,500 asking price? Perhaps it was the fact that Glass was just ahead of its time? Despite all that it offered, Google Glass was ultimately a failure. A combination of underwhelming sales and reception from consumers led to the smart tech scene moving forward without Google Glass. Other companies have since expanded the niche in a way Glass never achieved, but even with a more receptive audience, Glass is still no longer a primary focus for Google.

Google Glass Still Exists Today (Kind Of)

The Explorer Edition of Glass was only on the market for a short time before it was discontinued. There are two major reasons why the product failed from the consumer perspective, and the first was the design. At the time, Glass looked rather clunky and was still considered to be in the prototype phase. While a newer version did improve the design, it wasn’t enough to make a huge difference in sales. The second reason is the concerns consumers had about the product possibly collecting data from users or being vulnerable to hacking from outsiders. It is also likely the $1,500 price tag didn’t help much either.

However, Google isn’t entirely finished with its Glass ambitions. In May 2019, the company released the second version of its Enterprise Edition model. This pair of glasses are advertised as a risk-free means of increasing productivity in the workplace, as the screen inside the right lens allows employees to multitask without the need of turning to a phone, another program, or another computer. These spectacles also come with AR and VR capabilities, USB-C charging, and an improved processor and camera. As a result, while it’s no longer commercially available as a retail product, Google Glass still does exist.

It’s also worth pointing out that Google Glass stumbled so other smart glasses could run. While Google failed to capture the consumer smart glasses niche in 2014, the market’s changed a lot in just a few short years. Snapchat now sells its Spectacles glasses so folks can share photos and videos from a first-person perspective. Facebook and Ray-Ban launched their Stories glasses in September 2021 with a built-in camera, speakers, and hands-free voice controls. There have also been more ambitious smart glasses — such as the Oppo Air Glass and Nreal Light — that deliver heads-up displays using AR tech (not unlike Google Glass). Perhaps most exciting of all, Apple’s widely expected to launch its own AR glasses/headset in 2022. Google Glass certainly isn’t a household name anymore, but if it hadn’t tried to do something different in the first place, who knows if any of the smart glasses of today would exist at all.

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