Google said Thursday that it has formed a new team to create the next version of its head-worn wearable computer, Google Glass. That takes Glass out of Google X, Google’s home for quirky research, though it keeps former design and marketing executive Ivy Ross in charge of making the often-derided face computer successful.
Ross came to Google in May and already led Glass under Google X, and today’s announcement said nothing about her approach to making Glass a success. But a video of the head of Google X, Astro Teller, at MIT Technology Review’s annual EmTech conference last September offers some clues.
When our Editor in Chief Jason Pontin asked Teller why Ross was the right person to take Glass through its next stage of development, he pointed to her background in the eyewear, fashion, and retail businesses, as well as in jewelry and industrial design.
“She is trained to be sensitive to getting technology out of the way, using technology, rather than thinking technology is a natural benefit in and of itself,” said Teller.
You can see video of the full interview here. Pontin’s question and Teller’s subsequent answer start at about 15:37.
Ross will have some help from someone else with experience creating easy to use technology. She will report to Tony Fadell, the co-founder of smart home gadget maker Nest Labs, bought by Google last year. Fadell previously invented the iPod at Apple and helped create the iPhone.
The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging
The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.
Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI
One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI, but raises as many questions as he answers.
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.