The company says the Explorer program will close and it will stop taking orders for the product but it says it will continue to support companies that are using Glass. Google insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, saying it will focus on “future versions of Glass” with work carried out by a different division to before.
The Glass team will also move out of the Google X division and become a separate undertaking, under Ivy Ross.
A Glass Explorer, Spencer Kleyweg, reports that the Google Glass Basecamps in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and New York are closing. The Basecamps served as a place for Glass users to get support for their devices, as well as for potential customers to see the device demonstrated in person. Google does not release a statement regarding the closing.
Andrew Paterson, senior technology officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK, writes in a blog post that businesses using Glass are subject to laws in the country regarding how data is stored and secured:
Organizations must not lose sight of the fact that wearables must still operate in compliance with the law and consumers’ personal information must be looked after.
A Google spokeswoman responds:
The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it’s activated clearly signals it’s in use and makes it a fairly lousy surveillance device.
Google announces Glass at Work Certified Partners, a program which encourages companies to develop Glass applications for business and industrial use. One of the first partners is Augmedix, which provides applications to help doctors view patients’ records in the Glass display while attending to them.
A Google spokesperson tells Phandroid that Glass is not coming to AT&T stores:
We have no plans to sell Glass in AT&T stores.
The rumor is started by Twitter user @evleaks who has over 175,000 followers:
Google announces eight new traditional frames and five new sunglasses for Glass, designed in collaboration between Google designer Isabelle Olsson and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. They will be available on June 23, 2014 and cost $120 more than other models of Glass. Olsson explains the vision behind Made for Glass:
Glass is designed to make your life easier. It offers a new, unique way of interacting with technology without distracting from your life. And it’s about being able to express your personal style at the same time. Diane really understood each of these goals and brought that vision to life. The Titanium Collection, which we released in January, is unisex, so I’m excited that we now have expressive women’s styles.
Students at Brigham Young University invent Signglasses, a type of software for Google Glass that allows deaf people to see a small American Sign Language (ASL) interpretor in the top right corner of their Glass display. This enables them to see the interpretors even in the dark. Currently it is used in planetariums so that deaf people are able to understand the narrator in virtual tours of the universe.
Dubai police officers are experimenting with using Google Glass to help them catch traffic violators. Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, the General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, says two applications have been created for Glass to aid officers in their job:
One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars.
Google Glass is introduced into the curriculum at UC Irvine School of Medicine. It allows students to get a first-person view of what instructors are seeing when they work with patients. Dr. Warren Wiechmann, associate dean of instructional technologies, believes it will prepare the students for their real duties as physicians:
All of medicine is based on ‘seeing,’ not ‘reading,’ the patient.
Samsung announces that it will reveal a competitor to Google Glass at a trade show in September. A Samsung associate says:
We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents. Following the roll out of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September.
Active Ants, an e-fulfillment company from the Netherlands, gives Google Glass to its stock pickers with custom applications to aid them in their jobs. This reduces their error rate by 12% and increases their stocking speed by 15%. Jereon Dekker, a managing partner for the company, explains how using Glass is preferable to using paper to document inventory:
The first benefit here is that the picker’s both hands are now free to access products in the shelves. The second benefit is the step towards a paperless world: lists no longer need to be printed, signed and bound. The third and probably the biggest advantage is the time saved by sending orders directly to the Google Glass, without first printing, signing and binding them. The fourth benefit is error reduction.
A source close to Google tells TechCrunch that Google Wallet is coming to Glass soon. Users will have to install the Wallet glassware application and then say they will be able to use the “send money” voice command to transfer money. Google takes a 2.9% fee or 30 cents from Wallet transactions, whichever is higher.
Google makes a Google+ post responding to the top 10 myths consumers have about Google Glass. It mainly centers around privacy concerns people have about the device, for instance, the fact that people believe it can constantly record its surroundings when in fact its battery life only allows recording for up to 45 minutes.
Google releases a list of do’s and don’ts for using Glass politely. Google suggests using Glass to explore the world and interact with others, using screen locks, using the voice commands, and contributing to the Glass Explorer community. However, they advise against zoning out for long periods of time while staring at the screen, engaging in high-impact sports, being rude about attention the device garners, and being a Glasshole:
Don’t be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.
Google announces Project Glass, which aims to create glasses that have similar functionality to that of a smartphone. The project is early in development, but Google says that they want to release information about it in order to receive feedback from consumers. They release a concept video on Youtube depicting what using the glasses could be like when they are released: