Tony Fadell, “Father of the iPod,” and creator of the Nest thermostat will be taking over the reins at Google’s Glass division. Google plans to spin the wearable device off into it’s own division, separating it from the Google X research lab where it originated. The unit will be led by Ivy Ross, who will report to Fadell.
Largely seen as a failure at this point, Google Glass failed to drum up enough developer interest to truly establish itself in the wearable market and Google has continually pushed back the product’s mass market release.
Google has stopped selling Glass to consumers via its Explorer program. However, it will continue to sell to companies and developers.
The Wall Street Journal reports Google still has plans to release a new version of Glass in 2015, but details on the launch are unavailable at this time.
Tony Fadell was one of the original creators of the iPod at Apple, where he was SVP of the iPod division from 2006 to 2008. He also created the Nest thermostat, which was acquired by Google in early 2014.