Date
11 December 2017
Google Glass debuted in 2012 to an enthusiastic welcome from some tech die-hards but soon ran into problems. Photo: Internet
Google Glass debuted in 2012 to an enthusiastic welcome from some tech die-hards but soon ran into problems. Photo: Internet

Google Glass goes dark on social media

Google Glass is broken and not likely to be fixed.

Instead, Alphabet Inc., the company under which Google Inc. operates, is telling owners to get in touch with questions on the support page for Glass after several social media accounts linked to the gadget were shut down.

On Tuesday, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for Google Glass were no longer active, Reuters reports, citing tech website 9to5Google.

It has been four years of touch and go for the wearable glass headset which was was greeted with enthusiasm by tech fans when it was unveiled in 2012.

Google stopped selling Glass to consumers last year, saying it was time for a strategy reset.

The head of Google X research lab has since said that the hype surrounding the US$1,500 device became overblown considering it was merely a prototype and not a finished product.

The device, which allows users to access e-mail messages on its eye-level screen and to record video with a tiny camera, quickly ran into problems after its launch.

Some mocked its awkward appearance while others expressed concern it could be used to make video recordings surreptitiously.

On Twitter, many interpreted the disappearance of Glass’s social accounts on Tuesday to mean an end to efforts to market the product to consumers.

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