Google Partners With Luxottica For Next Generation 'Glass' Wearable

A Google Glass comeback is in the near-ish future, according to an Italian eyewear maker who pegged the launch date as February or March of 2016. That’s a fast turnaround for a device that stumbled so badly in its debut, but the apparent partnership with Luxottica is promising, at least from style standpoint.

Google Glass will be getting a revamp in style and performance, courtesy of Google engineers and Luxottica.

When Google pulled its Google Glass Explorer program in January, the company gave little hint of what was in store for the future of the wearable device. Few people doubted that Google Glass would return, however, and word soon spread that design powerhouse (and Nest co-founder) Tony Fadell is overseeing the project. For all the privacy fears, style criticisms and snarky nicknames, the value of wearing a device that can display insights about the world in front of you is tough to dispute.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which spoke with Luxottica CEO Massimo Vian, the new Google Glass will be fitted to ordinary eyewear to make it more attractive. Of course, there will be performance-based design changes, as well, including better battery life. The next version of Google Glass is also expected to be less expensive than the initial model.