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Almost two years ago, Google parent Alphabet reminded the world that Google Glass wasn’t dead—it just wasn’t for regular consumers. Rebranding Google Glass as an enterprise tool for blue-collar factory workers and doctors was a savvy move that breathed new life into the smart glasses.

Today, Alphabet is building on the progress it made in its switch to enterprise with some refreshed hardware for Google Glass. It’s also transitioning Glass from its experimental X division to Google proper.

Google needs to be in the hardware business. It's infiltrated nearly all aspects of our lives to an alarming degree. It controls our emails through Gmail, knows where we go through Maps, has a list of every person we communicate with via Android, and understands our every interest thanks to its search engine and Chrome. Yet it's gonna hit a wall soon. A company as large as Google can't infiltrate every point of the human experience with software and services alone. It needs to be producing the phones we text on and the computers we browse on.

For better or for worse, Silicon Valley is always on the hunt for The Next Big Thing. But while tech giants like Apple and Google have bet big on developing the latest wearable technology, the real future of smart devices may have been sitting right under our noses (or is it on top our heads?) all along.

Video: It's fun for the occasional tech demo, but now we know the real reason that Google Glass, and other augmented reality solutions, have failed to catch on. The future they have promised us will eventually turn into the same nightmare that surfing the web has become -- a sea of intrusive ads and countless another annoyances trying to sell you something.

They're not going to happen.

Each new week brings with it an abundance of new gadgets -- whether devised by tech giants like Google and Samsung or pushed by hopeful entrepreneurs to Kickstarter, they run the gamut from useful to niche to tech that nobody really needs. This week we're looking at all the attempts at making the smartglass work -- even where Google has tried and failed.

After many months of silence, Google's finally scrubbed the internet clean of its weird wearable consumer experiment known as Google Glass. Spotted by 9to5Google, Glass-related accounts on Google+, Twitter and Instagram have been shutdown with only Google+ giving any kind of parting farewell.

The first time around, Google Glass wasn't exactly a runaway hit. But the technology behind it will certainly be improved to the point where it can eventually be integrated into a regular pair of glasses. And for when that day gets here, there's now a novel and subtle way to navigate your wearable display using the belt around your waist.