Google Glass makes a comeback as Glass Enterprise Edition
Before Microsoft HoloLens and Snapchat Spectacles, there was Google Glass, a futuristic gadget with the promise of changing how consumers take pictures and get information on the go. Google’s bold vision of headsets wasn’t as futuristic as it seemed back in 2013.
X, a research and development subsidiary enterprise of Alphabet Inc. – Google’s parent company has come up with the revamped product. The new Enterprise edition targets “workers in fields like manufacturing, logistics, field services and healthcare,” who require information and instruction while their hands are busy.
Glass Enterprise Edition still largely resembles the original smart glasses, with an optical head-mounted display and built-in camera. The new version features improved battery life, an 8-megapixel camera, up from 5-megapixel shooter from the previous model, better Wi-Fi connectivity, and a more powerful processor.
“We first saw signs of Glass’ potential for businesses in the Glass Explorer days. Now the Glass product team is back at X, and we’ll be collaborating with the Google Cloud team and our partners to help customers across a variety of business sectors make the most of Glass. Together, we’re looking forward to seeing more businesses give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free.” – Jay Kothari, project lead of Glass in a blog piece.
According to Kothari, more than 50 businesses including DHL, General Electronics, Boeing, Volkswagen as well as many other logistics, manufacturing, and healthcare companies are already using Glass at their workplace. The new edition is the result of the firms’ feedback received in the last two years.