Google has announced the Explorer Edition of Glass will stop being sold after January 19 2015 and Google Glass Explorer Program will be closing and the Google Glass will now exist as a standalone unit as opposed to being part of the Google X research lab.
"As we look to the road ahead, we realise that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially 'graduating' from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google," the team says in a statement posted on Google+.
The wearable technology was first sold to 'Glass Explorers' in the US on April 15, 2013 for $1,500, and was made available to the public on May 15, 2014 for the same price.
While Google has stopped producing Google Glass in its current form it says it's still committed to the development of the product.
The Glass team along with current manager Ivy Ross will reportedly work under Tony Fadell, the chief executive of Nest Labs, which is a home automation business that was acquired by Google about a year ago.
As reported by BBC News, Fadell says, “[the Google Glass project has] broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike.”
According to the BBC, he says he’s excited to work with the team “to integrate those learnings into future products”.
In the Google+ post, the Glass team wrote about how the product has outgrown the Glass Explorer Program and is looking to move past it.
“Glass was in its infancy [when we began the Glass Explorer Program], 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.”
“We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.”
There are no more details on future Google Glass projects or when products will be available for testing and sale. The team simply says, “we’re continuing to build for the future, and you’ll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready. (For now, no peeking.)”