Google Glass this time came back with hardware focused on enterprise, customized for those applications, with Glass Enterprise Edition (EE). The world of Google Glass was arguably an exciting one, at least initially, but after people started to get concerned about the possibility of walking around with cameras attached to the slide of their head, the public perception of Glass started to turn sour.
Although Google Glass failed as a consumer device. Now Alphabet is giving it another shot in the Google Glass 2.0: Enterprise Edition., which the company was working on it for quite some time. The wearable head-mounted display has long had a place in the enterprise, even as its death as an experimental consumer product was being widely reported, and today, once again all time, we know a bit more about the EE hardware reconfiguration and Google’s approach to deploying the revised product.
Following the rumors, since two years from, we now have a new version of Glass ready for prime time, though this time it’s aimed squarely at the enterprise. The new Glass EE includes an updated camera module that bumps resolution from 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels and it has longer battery life, a better processor, an indicator for video recording and improved Wi-Fi speeds. But the biggest changes you will find on that thing is the Glass EE module is now decoupled entirely from integrated frames, meaning it can work with all kinds of existing eyewear, including industrial safety glasses.
Welcome To Google Glass Enterprise Edition
Announced officially by Google. As it turns out, Glass Enterprise Edition has been in the works with companies like Boeing already using a version of it in their business. It is Boeing that features in a video in which Glass is shown off to its fullest, explaining how it changed the way team members build airplanes thanks to its ability to allow them to remain hands free throughout.
Glass can connect you with coworkers in an instant, bringing expertise to right where you are. Invite others to ‘see what you see’ through a live video stream so you can collaborate and troubleshoot in real-time.
Making it an easily detachable, moduler device is a huge boon for enterprise use, since it can much more easily be shared and cheaply deployed across a wide range of different industries. Google detailed a few existing use cases, including in the agricultural machinery manufacturing industry, medical field and logistics with DHL.
While the delay between the original Glass and the Glass Enterprise Edition has allowed Google to include a new 8MP camera, beta WiFi support and a battery capable of lasting for a full 8 hours. There’s still a faster processor in there too.
Now, however, it looks like Google is intent on catering specifically to enterprise applications of the tech, which is great for software and platform makers, but might prove a challenge for anyone working on enterprise-specific AR or HMD headsets. To make sure that the new contraption is suited to all sorts of work, the new Glass EE is also available with prescription lenses, as well as safety-glass for those looking to get involved with hazardous works.
The new additions, paired with a focus on enterprise could well give Glass the new level of life its original promise deserves.
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