In yet another example of smart devices being rendered dumb for ‘business’ reasons (see previously), maker of smart glasses, North, has announced that it’s ending all support for it’s $600 glasses one month after its acquisition by Google.
From North’s website:
Focals smart glasses and its services are being discontinued and will no longer be available after July 31st, 2020. You won’t be able to connect your glasses through the app or use any features, abilities, or experiments from your glasses.
Vice has the story:
While owners of the soon-to-be-obsolete devices are entitled to a refund, this kind of ‘change of plan’ obsolescence is beginning to feel like an increasingly common pattern. I’m wondering how the Right to Repair can incorporate software longevity to preempt more of this kind of thing…