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Google Glass isn’t dead, Eric Schmidt asserts

If you thought Google Glass was dead, well, it isn’t – the big G still has plans for its wearable, even though the Explorer Program was shelved earlier this year, and any consumer plans seemed to ditch in flames with this move.

However, Google’s outspoken Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has been talking to the Wall Street Journal and saying that Glass is far from lying shattered on the floor.

Schmidt said: “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us cancelling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

So there you have it – Schmidt further noted that Glass was simply a long-term project, much like the self-driving car, and that results “take time”, but will arrive eventually…

In fairness, the press didn’t say Glass was totally dead – or we certainly didn’t, believing there were still definitely many possible applications in the enterprise and workplace. But in the light of Schmidt’s comments, maybe Glass does have a future with consumers, too – or at least that’s what Google wants us to believe still.

Development on Glass won’t be so public now, and will continue behind the scenes. The key to widespread mainstream acceptance, though, will certainly be getting the device to look less like a chunky piece of geek-tech.

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.