Project Aura has three head-mounted devices in development. One of them doesn't use glass.
Google Glass, the optical head-mounted display that never reached the consumer market due to complaints and privacy concerns, lives on as an overhauled project, dubbed Project Aura, corroborating earlier reports that Google is working on a successor.
Sources familiar with Google's plans said that there are three head-mounted devices in development. One is aimed at enterprises while another is geared for active users, working without a display and relying only on sounds through bone conduction, which uses your inner ear and some bones of your skull to conduct sound.
Furthermore, Google could end up consolidating the three models into two, reports The Information. Leading the project is Tony Fadell, who once served as Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple before founding Nest Labs, an Internet of Things company that was acquired by Google last year for $3.2 billion.
Project Aura is expected to launch next year. Sources said that Google has hired audio experts from Amazon, particularly, from the notable Lab126, which oversees the online retailer's ambitious projects including the Fire tablets and smartphone. We previously reported that three former Amazon employees have joined Project Aura.
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One of the three is Dima Svetlov, who previously worked on Amazon’s TV streaming device. Svetlov is said to be the software development manager of Project Aura. Tina Cen, who left Amazon in August, now works as the manager of technical program management. The third engineer is Amir Frenke, who is now the director of software development for the project.