Google's sunglasses ambitions are still alive, it would spur the search giant's developments by swallowing North, who is a veteran in the field. The acquisition was also confirmed by the company in a blog post, although its details, including the amount of the acquisition, were not disclosed.
North will strengthen Google’s Canadian team, retaining its original headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo. As he puts it in his position as a search giant, North will use his competencies to develop “user-friendly” tools, although the company has not yet announced more specific plans.
has become known for its unique gesture control bracelet: introduced in 2014, the device identifies each hand movement in the forearm by monitoring the activity of different muscles with EMG sensors and a nine-axis motion sensor, to which arbitrary commands can then be assigned.
The company then switched to the development of smart glasses, its first such product was called Focals, and it was perhaps the most user-friendly similar product on the market. Contrary to previous attempts, such as Google Glass, the device at first glance looked like traditional glasses, with a relatively chunky right-hand stem, a laser projected a 300×300 pixel image onto the device’s lens. The device could be used paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth, among other things, incoming notifications and messages could be tracked, but it could even be used for navigation.
Development of Focals 2.0 has not only begun, but in recent months the company is already ready for the market – with the acquisition, this project ends early, it it will completely suspend the company or phase out support for version 1.0. Customers may, however, take comfort in the fact that in a letter sent to users, the company promised to fully refund the price of all Focals glasses purchased.