Google Glass, the futuristic eyewear that’s been the subject of ridicule and privacy concerns, is “graduating” from the search giant’s experimental X wing.
Tony Fadell, best known as the father of Apple’s once-ubiquitous iPod, will oversee the new unit, with Glass head Ivy Ross reporting to him. Fadell joined Google last year when it acquired his smart thermostat startup Nest—which he’ll continue to oversee–for $3.2 billion. Google reps declined to comment.
Glass made a splashy debut at Google’s developer conference in 2012, when skydivers sporting the heads-up displays leapt out of the sky for a live demo.
But enthusiasm for the ambitious project subsequently faded as Google failed to provide a firm timeline for a consumer version. The pricey $1,500 early versions, meanwhile, were largely limited to an elite subset: software developers. As consumers worried about the privacy implications of face-mounted cameras capable of continuous recording, backlash developed against the so-called “Explorers,” later dubbed “Glassholes.”
Google is hoping to
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