Updated 01:06 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Google Glass 2.0 Release Date Looming? Price, Specs, Features & Everything We Know So Far

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The highly anticipated release of the next generation of the Google Glass is reported to be sooner than expected as the Business Insider reveals a job listing where the company needs experts for the device's final assembly, testing and packing.

The second generation of this Google-manufactured wearable smart device, which had been returned to the drawing board in January 2015, is expected to be released soon since the team responsible for its development is currently looking for an Advanced Technology Manufacturing Engineer for the FATP phase.

FATP stands for "final assembly, test and pack," giving the idea that the device would soon be up and ready for release to the masses.

According to the ad, Google needs someone who can provide "strong engineering" during the development and mechanical phase by speeding up the manufacture of the device for mass production.

Aspiring Googlers, who are to take on the title of being an Advanced Technology Manufacturing Engineer, should also be an expert in design for manufacturability (DFM) as well as influence product design and enhance the reliability and yield during the manufacturing process.

Tech Radar has learned that basic requirements also include a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering as well as work-related experience/s particularly in manufacturing engineering.

Currently, the Google Glass team is led by Nest boss Tony Fadell. This alone would be a valid reason to expect version 2.0 of the device "to look as stylish as the smart thermostat."

While assumptions are being made, Google has yet to announce an official release date for the Internet-connected eyewear.

In April, Luxottica executive Massimo Vian revealed through the Wall Street Journal, that the second generation of this smart eyewear would be released soon as the Italian eyewear company has teamed up with Google to build the high-end device.

This is prior to speculations that Google would abandon the entire idea of the Glass since they have shut down the Explorer program—which initially run in the first generation—and transferred the research and development for the device to a standalone unit from the Google X research lab, says a separate report from WSJ.

But, as it turns out, Google would still pursue the project, per a statement from Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

"We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn't true. Google is about taking risks and there's nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we're ending it," he said in the statement, adding that developing such advancements in technology takes time.

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