Google is working on a Google Glass successor

Google has announced that it will open its Glass Explorer program to the public. Those with $1500 USD will be able to equip themselves with the controversial wearable. While this new strategy marks a shift in Google's deployment method, it appears that rumors have surfaced of a second-generation Google Glass currently in development.

According to TechRadar, Google has already developed a successor to the wearable and Google’s research and development team are currently testing it. There are no details in regards to the specifications, price, or description of the impending device.

As reported on Laoyaoba, Kong Wenjun of Crystal Optech has confirmed that his firm is supplying new optical coatings towards a second-generation Google Glass project that is being used by the R&D team at Google.

Although details are scarce, hopefully we will see this new upcoming Google Glass at next months Google I/O developers conference. While the jury is still out on the Google’s controversial and expensive wearable, it does appear that other companies are trying to create similar devices with less functionality at a fraction of the cost.

Google I/O 2014 will be held from on June 25th and 26th in San Francisco.

Source: TechRadar via Laoyaoba | Image via Google

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I always thought "successor" meant the previous one needed to be somewhat successful in whatever he/she/it did. Then again it is probably just me no good talk English.

jpalo said,
I always thought "successor" meant the previous one needed to be somewhat successful in whatever he/she/it did. Then again it is probably just me no good talk English.

It doesn't. It just means that the next one is just in "succession."

Maybe they just want to dump the current stock before v2 is announced...kind of a dick move it that's what's happening.

Dont see how when they ran out of stock, and then ordered more and started offering them the Explorer edition to anyone. So they actually made more.

mastercoms said,
Great, first we have rapid release software, and now rapid release hardware.

The original was one design for early beta testers, there are bound to be some things people don't like. Microsoft worked on Surface 2 a year before the original Surface launched and I'm sure they have Surface 4 or 5 in the planning. Apple does the same thing, although they must not do a lot ton of planning with the so few changes each iteration has from the previous.

ians18 said,

The original was one design for early beta testers, there are bound to be some things people don't like. Microsoft worked on Surface 2 a year before the original Surface launched and I'm sure they have Surface 4 or 5 in the planning. Apple does the same thing, although they must not do a lot ton of planning with the so few changes each iteration has from the previous.

They don't have versions in planning, just some random prototypes, but this report says Google has made glass 2 when they just released it to the general public

Yes, that's what I'm saying. Prototypes are part of planning, but prototypes do not get released, what the article is saying is that Google already has Glass 2 ready to be released when they just released Google Glass to the general public.

Depends how long they are testing. If they are still testing the product, anything is subject to change. It isnt final. The OP says it is being tested so basically, its still in development.

techbeck said,
Depends how long they are testing. If they are still testing the product, anything is subject to change. It isnt final. The OP says it is being tested so basically, its still in development.

Yes, but this development stage is different from experimentation. Most things are already set in stone, while in earlier prototypes, the extremes are tested, with weirder features added, then normalized over time.

mastercoms said,
Yes, that's what I'm saying. Prototypes are part of planning, but prototypes do not get released, what the article is saying is that Google already has Glass 2 ready to be released when they just released Google Glass to the general public.

That's not what the article says. What it actually says is that Crystal Optech is supplying parts to the R&D team at Google. If that's not prototyping, what is?

Kushan said,

That's not what the article says. What it actually says is that Crystal Optech is supplying parts to the R&D team at Google. If that's not prototyping, what is?


I believe the article was updated to say that.