Big changes in Google hardware: The first version of Google Glass is going away, and the whole project is leaving the Google X sandbox to become its own division, according to a new report.
Google Glass got its start at Google X — the company’s experimental division — but it’s now becoming its own division under Ivy Ross, whose team will report to Nest chief executive Tony Fadell, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Google will stop selling its current version of Glass to individuals on January 19, though it will still be available to companies and developers for professional applications.
Google first released Glass to select users in the spring of 2013, eventually opening up access more widely in 2014. It appointed Ivy Ross, previously at Art.com, to lead the project.