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Google Glass is No More
By: Jessica Cherok
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You can stop saving your pennies. Google is no longer selling its smart-wear glasses, Google Glass.

Google Glass’s Explorer Program was launched in 2013, and was expected to have a large-scale launch shortly thereafter. Google even partnered with Warby Parker to make the smart glasses more fashionable. Early criticism included how unattractive it was as an accessory.

The  division of Google that developed Google Glass has been moved out of the company’s incubator, Google X, and into its own offices.

Google Glass has been hounded by privacy concerns, as many have felt the technology offered opportunity for the wearer to invade other people’s privacy. As a result, the eyewear has been banned from restaurants, movie theaters, and the like.

There also have been instances of aggression toward Glass wearers. Some Google Glass owners have reported being attacked while wearing the glasses. Other have had insults hurled at them, including the term “Glasshole.” The glasses have been seen as an ornament of entitlement, especially in the tech-infused city of San Diego.

Google is still claiming that they are still going to be making some sort of smart glasses, and that Google Glass was only a beta test. However, most people feel that the claim is more Google trying to save face than anything else. 

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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