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New head of Google Glass wants to 'start from scratch' with the headset - report

Google Glass' new leader, Nest's Tony Fadell, reportedly wants to start from scratch with the headset, and doesn't plan on releasing it to the public until it's perfect.

Published onFebruary 5, 2015

Google Glass with earbud

A little over two weeks ago the Google Glass project graduated from the Google X labs, the facility used by the company to push forward major technological advancements. In addition to Glass’ announcement, Nest co-founder Tony Fadell was set to take over the Glass project from here on out. Usually when a project leaves the X labs it means that its generally going well, and that we should begin seeing some major progress coming soon. However, in a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Fadell doesn’t have plans to release the 2nd Generation Glass to the public anytime soon.

The report states that ‘some people with knowledge of Mr. Fadell’s plans’ say that he wants to completely redesign the product and won’t release it until the product achieves perfection. There will also be no public experimentation with the 2nd Generation product, so, that means there will be no Explorer Program for the new model. One person close to Fadell explains:

Tony is a product guy and he’s not going to release something until it’s perfect.

This can be taken as either a positive or a negative. On one hand, not releasing Glass until it’s perfect and ready for consumers would be great. A significantly cheaper model ready for the public is what many people think Glass needs to survive. On the other hand, many people sill believe that Glass was too much, too soon. An Explorer Program would likely make sense in this scenario.

So, if the report holds validity, we might not see Google Glass 2 arrive for the public anytime soon. We’ll be sure to let you know if we hear anything regarding Glass in the future. What are your thoughts? Do you think there should be another Explorer Program, or do you back Fadell’s stance on holding back until it’s perfect? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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