Search giant Google is going to end sales of its Google Glass eyewear as the company has planned the restructuring of its Glass connected eyewear project, in an attempt to regain the popularity of the product.
The company has handed oversight of the division to Tony Fadell, who is the co-founder of the Nest smart device firm and former hardware expert at tech giant Apple Inc.
The search giant had in February last year purchased Nest for USD 3.2 billion.
Google’s main aim to choose Fadell to oversee the Glass project is to tap a hardware expert for its ambitious project. Fadell, who is the father of Apple’s iPod, has also been credited for much of the breakout success of the music player.
The Glass project will now leave the confines of Google X, which is the experimental lab of the search engine company that has also worked for various initiatives such as sensor-laden contact lenses and driverless cars.
However, the unit will continue to run by its current leader, Ivy Ross, former fashion executive. According to the reports, Ross will report the developments to Fadell.
The company has said that it will stop the sale of the current version of Google Glass from January 19, as it will wind down its “Explorer” program that it had used to get people accustomed to the technology.
Meanwhile, the company’s insiders said that a new version of Google Glass is expected later this year.