Google Glass partner Luxottica says version 2 coming soon, version 3 already in planning stages


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It was barely over a year ago Google announced a partnership with Italian eyewear maker Luxottica –the folks behind brands as Oakley, Ray-Ban, Arnette, Oliver-Peoples, and more — to build Glass compatible eyewear for the masses.

More recently, we watched as the Google Glass Explorer Edition finally came to an end (after a bumpy, and very controversial first run). But Google made it a point to stress that Glass was, in fact, not dead, and merely graduating from the Google X Labs into its own project under watchful eye of Nest CEO Tony Fadell. What we don’t know is what form Glass will take, or when we can expect to see a sequel.

Apparently that could be sooner than later according to Luxottica CEO Massimo Vian. He mentioned during a shareholders meeting that the next version of Glass was coming soon and what’s more, they’re already planning out a third followup. You heard right, Google Glass v3.

“In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret [Google Glass] version three. What you saw was version one. We’re now working on version two, which is in preparation.”

Of course no specific dates were given, so for now we’re left wondering if that coming soon is later this year (Google I/O?), or sometime next year. We think Glass was a product well ahead of its time and there’s no harm in letting bake in the oven a little longer.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. So excited! I LOVE Luxottica products.

  2. Why even buy v2 when v3 is admittedly in the pipe. Marketing fail.

    But doesn’t matter to me as I’d never wear these no matter what version as I dont want to be labeled – nor am I – one of “those” creepy guys.

    1. Maybe v2 is just for developers to start working on apps that normal consumers will use on v3.

    2. why you buy an iphone/galaxy s/note/xperia z/htc MX when you know there is going to be another one or the odds are very high?

  3. I hope they find a way to shrink those hardware parts on the side, it’s still too obtrusive, and borgy. Great idea, hampered by looks.

    1. Aesthetics are irrelevant. You will be assimilated.

      1. I LOVE YOU :)

        1. You’re pretty awesome for liking that so much too!

  4. Redesign the hardware, but the software was solid. Maybe toss in some lollipop design to really make it pop.

    1. Went back to KitKat on my Nexus 5. I’m waiting for 5.3 Melon to be released.

      1. Oh is it time for us to start guessing the next name?
        I’m sure Marshmallow is the only liable candidate.

  5. I think it’s best to keep my comments here to a minimum. safe to say I have something to say and have managed to complete a sizeable chunk. more interesting and fun this time around to hear rather than and speak. and for any who are curious I have spent many thousands of words purely on glass alone electronic leone photonic Lee speaking biochemical interacting energy conducting and it’s design morphology adaptation uses origin and future throwing some very good examples and you find theirs a lot to talk about when speaking of bioorganic and synthetic through metallic interface transparent translucent and opaque reactive interactive subversive anz immersive explorative medically enhance bio integral synaptic neurologic confirmative multi-faceted data and energy cyclic changeling materials in programming real time design and the nature of its magnitude.
    I still get a kick out of rewording the same conceptual design and pounding it. I’m still unsure if anybody gets it like I do but evidence shows they do.

  6. Ah the never ending Google Glass debacle, Google was so far behind the other makers of HMD devices it is laughable.

  7. Why Luxottica?? What a terrible company. I don’t want them to get a grip on ANYTHING else. They are the definition of a vertically integrated monopoly.

    1. They aren’t the partner you want, they’re the partner you need to make this work. (read as bat man), hopefully it isn’t exclusive though

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