Report: Google Packs Up Glass Explorer Program, Vows to Try Again

By Darren Orf on at

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google will be winding down the explorers program, booting the ostracised wearable from the Google X program, and handing the reins to Nest CEO Tony Fadell. Google will stop selling Glass on January 19th (except to companies and developers), so if you were ever planning to buy a quirky and ultimately fruitless piece of computing history, you have your deadline.

This isn't a death knell for Glass but rather dramatic restructuring of the program. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google will pivot away from wide-spread public testing of the device as it has done for the past two years, and instead develop in secret à la Apple and Nest. We've reached out to Google for comment and will update when we hear back.

Other than that, what this means for the Glass program is uncertain, whether the move to put under Fadell's direction hints toward the building process, design focus, or even the smart home ambitions of Glass. Whatever the case, Glass is getting a much needed shakeup in fear of dying off completely. [The Wall Street Journal]