The dataset that we’re about to explore is the result of some of the work done by Google’s Glass Research Lab, which was founded in 2011 to develop the potential of Glassware, or software that interacts with the Google Glass API. Though the Glass API itself was shut down in 2015, the Glassware Research lab is still going strong, and has put out datasets that are still being used to study the glasses and their use, particularly in the
Remember Google Glass? It may be a distant memory by now, but ten years ago, Google put out one of its first large-scale AR experiments. These AR glasses had a big, life-enhancing prospect — a head-mounted device with a head-up display that you could interact with using your voice. After sparking initial interest among tech enthusiasts, the general public was offended by the idea of people walking around with a camera constantly pointed at others, with the term “glassholes” soon coined. Google was forced to abondon its plans, and the product was only left alive for enterprise uses with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition, which saw a revision in 2019 with the Enterprise Edition 2. Now, though, it’s dead-dead. Like, dead for good.
So far, there are no signs that anyone is taking Google’s cancellation of Glass Enterprise Edition seriously, even though it’s a big deal for businesses. On the Glass G+ Community Forum, for example, there are still lots of questions about how to get the product. Google has remained completely silent on the matter, and it’s unclear what will become of Glass for consumers
Google has fully discontinued Glass Enterprise Edition 2 as of March 15 (via 9to5Google). If you’re a business with use for these headsets, you could still buy them for an MSRP of $999, but now, they’re gone forever. Google will also not release any further updates for the device, but it will keep supporting it until September 15 for things like app updates and repairs, after which point it will be completely abandoned. The only thing that will remain after that date is existing system images, and even those will be going away — Google will keep those links up until “at least” April 1, 2024, after which point the company might or might not remove them.