Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has dismissed claims that the company’s Glass project has been scrapped, saying the smart specs are ‘too important’ to simply abandon.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt said: “[Google Glass] is a big and very fundamental platform for Google.
“We ended the Explorer program [sic] 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.”
Glass was pulled from sale in January and is no longer being worked on at the company’s ‘moonshot’ X Labs. Instead, a dedicated Google Glass team was set up and now works under the company’s connected home division.
Schmidt said Glass was a ‘long term project’, comparing it to Google’s self–driving cars. “These things take time,” he said.
Glass’s usefulness was called into question in the 18 months it was on sale, as well as raising fundamental privacy concerns thanks to its on board camera.