Google to halt sale of Glass, work on next version

18 January, 2015 8:06 PM

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Google is set to discontinue the sale of its smart eyewear Google Glass, but the tech giant plans to release new, consumer-friendly versions of the device in the future.

Google has announced that it will no longer sell its experimental first version of Glass which went on sale in the United Kingdom last year priced at £1,000.

The company said that the Glass project would not be scrapped, with development continuing towards the creation of a viable consumer product. The company did not indicate, however, when its next version would be made available.

“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,” the company said.

Google will also shut down the Explorer programme, which produced the first commercial version of Glass within Google X, the company’s special projects wing.

Google Glass is a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). Google started selling Google Glass to qualified “Glass Explorers” in the US in April 2013, before it became available to the public in May 2014.

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