Tony Fadell, the former Apple executive who is also known as the “father of the iPod” is set to take over Google’s Glass augmented reality project as the search giant sets out to reorganize their wearables team. The current Glass chief, Ivy Ross, will remain as the team’s manager under Fadell who will be lending his “strategic guidance” to the project according to the folks over at The Wall Street Journal. While helping out at Google Glass, Fadell will continue to lead Nest which is the connected home company that he co-founded and sold to Google last year.

The existing Glass Explorer program will be terminated as part of the changes which include moving the project out of Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s Google X incubator. The developer kits will continue to remain available despite the program’s termination. As or right now, Google is said to be planning a more Apple-like approach to product development going forward. Instead of running open beta tests as it does with many of its software projects, the company will continue its hardware development in secrecy and only release the device to consumers after it is finished.

For those of you who didn’t know, Google Glass has been going through some hard times since its unveiling, primarily because many consumers didn’t like the idea of companions with a camera constantly attached to their face. The whole issue led to the coining of the term “glassholes” for those who were wore the device in social situations. Google tried to remedy the situation by positioning Glass as a fashion accessory. The company even went as far as partnering up with designer Diane von Furstenberg along with the construction of a series of massive barge-borne “floating showrooms” for Glass, which were eventually scrapped before even opening doors to the public.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next but Fadell was definitely a good choice to hire. If his “strategic guidance” is anything like the days of the iPod, Google Glass’s misfortune may turnaround.

Source: The Wall Street Journal