Former Apple SVP Tony Fadell Said Apple Built A Smart-Glasses Prototype, But Did Not Have Time To Release Them

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Tony Fadell worked as a senior vice president at Apple between 2006 and 2008.  Fadell said that Apple built prototypes of a device that is similar to Google Glass, but did not have time to turn them into actual products.  Fadell is currently the chief executive officer of Nest, a company that builds smart-learning thermostats.

In an interview with Fast Company, Fadell said:

At Apple, we were always asking, What else can we revolutionize? We looked at video cameras and remote controls. The craziest thing we talked about was something like Google Glass. We said, ?What if we make visors, so it?s like you?re sitting in a theater?? I built a bunch of those prototypes. But we had such success with the things we were already doing that we didn?t have time ?

Apple is known for doing very few things very well.  Tim Cook said this past May that the broad range appeal for Google Glass was “tough to see.”

[Source: Fast Company]