Google has halted sales of its Google Glass eyewear.
The company insists it is committed to the smart glasses product, but says it will now focus on “future versions of Glass”. The Explorer programme, which gave software developers the chance to buy Glass for £990 will close.
Originally touted as the first major wearable tech item, Glass was reportedly the brainchild of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who has rarely been seen in public without a pair since its launch. The device, which consists of a small screen above the user’s right eye, promised to deliver multiple, revolutionary hands-free applications. Yet modest sales were compounded by concerns over privacy, which led some bars and restaurants to ban Glass, whose users earned the nickname “glassholes”.
Google said it would still offer support to companies that already use Glass.