Google Glass took to its Google+ page yesterday to announce that it is officially ending the Explorer Program. The stand out smart eyewear made it clear that this was not the end of Google Glass, rather a graduation from its current standing at Google[X], the company’s innovative moonshot projects labs.
In its post Google Glass thanked all its early adopters in the “open beta” Explorer Program, making sure to state just how pivotal they were to the product’s launch and development, and making sure they will be key to the device’s next evolutions. The post mentions:
Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.
Not much is known about this next evolution, except that the group is in fact moving out from the Google[X] division and will remain under the management of Ivy Ross.
As consumer and enterprise interest in wearables heats up, what will Google be doing with its polarizing device? If Intel’s $25 million investment in competitor Vuzix is any indication of market interest, then Google may roll out use case-specific models, especially for enterprise use.
The last day to purchase an Explorer Edition of Google Glass will be January 19, 2015.