Reuters reports that nine of the 16 app Glass app makers contacted said they’d abandoned their projects, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects. —including a guy who won $10,000 for his efforts. Tom Frencel, the Chief Executive of Little Guy Games:
If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective. There’s no market at this point.
The Glass Collective, a venture effort to fund apps for Glass, invested in only three or four small start-ups by the beginning of this year. Three of Google’s key employees on the Glass team have left. One source tells the publication that a consumer launch has been delayed, possibly till 2015. Glass Head of Business Operations Chris O’Neill:
We are completely energized and as energized as ever about the opportunity that wearables and Glass in particular represent. We are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take time and we are not going to launch this product until it’s absolutely ready.