Amidst concerns that Google Glass was all but dead, it seems a second version of the device is already in the works, according to a report from ZD Net. Despite poor reception after the launch of the first iteration, the company behind Google Glass – Luxottica – will be developing the latest version of the wearable gadget.
Luxottica company chief executive, Massimo Vian, confirmed the deal with Google on Friday saying that it will be released soon, though an exact date has yet to be officially confirmed.
“We’re now working on version two of Google Glass.”
According to PC Pro, the new Google Glass will focus on fashion after Google themselves made an attempt in January 2014 to make their own brand of appealing eyewear. Luxottica – one of the world’s biggest eyewear manufacturers – are hoping that their partnership with the search engines giants – as well as with Intel – will spark a new interest in technology-based eyewear.
“No one knows how big this business could be in the future. But for sure we know that now, when it will take off, we will be in a leadership position, far, far away from anybody else.”
Vian made the announcement to investors before adding further details on what Google Glass version two may look like.
“The frame per se sits in the perfect position in front of the eyes, close to the mouth and close to our ear. This is the idea, so as to create a new interface with the external world. We are there with them. We are happy with these partnerships.”
But that’s not all, reports also state that Luxottica will not be stopping at just this version of Glass. There are indications that more versions will be coming in the future.
“In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version three [of Google Glass]…What you saw was version one. We’re now working on version two, which is in preparation [for version three].”
The original version of Google Glass was launched for developers in February 2013, and despite winning the Time magazine award for one of the “Best Inventions Of The Year 2012,” the device was not too well received and eventually Google ended its Glass project earlier this year.
“Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.”
Despite criticisms for the first incarnation, Luxottica seems confident that version two of Google Glass will be a leading force in wearable technology.
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