Two new versions of Google Glass coming soon says Luxottica CEO

The next-generation Google Glass headset will be out soon, according to the CEO of an Italian eyewear manufacturer working on the revamped device.

Massimo Vian, the CEO of Luxottica, told his shareholders at the firm’s AGM in Milan that versions 2 and 3 of the controversial wearable device are in the works.

The WSJ reports Vian as saying: “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear]. What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.”

Vian, who the report says was recently in California to meet Google over plans for the Glass rebirth, didn’t offer any specifics on release date and sales plans.

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The future of the AR specs has been unclear since the company shut down the Explorer program and gave Glass its own division within Google under the command of Nest founder Tony Fadell.

Google Glass had worried some observers due to the ability to take and record photos and videos serendipitously. Following the initial excitement, Google found sales of the $1,500 Explorer Edition to be disappointing.

Recently, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the next version would take the next step to making it “ready for users.”

Glass boss Ivy Ross said any second generation device would boost battery life, offer a better display and improved sound quality.  Meanwhile, partnering up with luxury eyewear makers like Luxottica, could help Google minimise the stigma behind wearing the AR specs.

Do you have any appetite to see Google Glass rise from the ashes or should it be left in the annals of Google X moonshots that failed to come off?

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