In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company is still hard at work perfecting its wearable, calling it a “big and fundamental platform for Google.”
So at this point while most normal people think it is a pretty cool idea, the cost and the support are next to non-existing. Google earlier this year ended its Explorer program and stopped selling the original Glass. The project was moved out of Google’s research labs and transferred to a new unit that was under the watchful eye of Tony Fadell, who runs Google’s Nest connected home division. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true,” Schmidt told the Journal. “Google is about taking risks, and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”
In the WSJ article Schmidt indicates that Fadell will revamp the product line for the future market. The real problem is that the Glass’s cost range between $1,000 to $2,000 even for developers which means if you cannot entice developers there will be no software. This could be held true for the Apple Watch that is coming out later in April.
Just because these companies make the devices does not mean people will run to purchase them. Various other software products (Microsoft Bob, Vista, Windows 8), hardware such as the Next or Digital Alpha machines proves that if the price is not right the product will not sell.