Google had already alluded to plans to reintroduce Google Glass as a retail product at some point down the line following the product’s graduation from X Labs, but in case you were skeptical of that the point has been reiterated in NY Times’ latest report.
The publication cites an advisor to Tony Fadell in saying that Google Glass would be completely reimagined and redesigned from scratch. The ideas that spawned from the early Glass Explorers’ program will serve as a solid foundation for the new product, but there’s no reason to suggest what we’ll eventually get will look anything like the Google Glass we know.
Also potentially being put to rest are questions about whether we’ll be able to help shape the development of the project like we were able to with Google Glass Explorers’. The answer seems to be no, though we aren’t all that surprised considering the history of Fadell and his preference to keep projects under wraps until they’re ready for public consumption.
There have been far too many people jumping to conclusions and looking to ring the gong to signify the death of Google Glass (especially after Google’s earnings call last week), but there’s been nothing to suggest the exciting new product category won’t be formally reintroduced in the future. The only thing we’re still wondering about is when it will happen, how it will happen, and — perhaps most importantly — how much it will cost.