Foldable, water-resistant Google Glass in the works

22 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Glass 2 Will Be Water Resistant, Rugged And Foldable.

Following the original’s spectacular flop with consumers, the new device will not be called Google Glass 2.0, but is being developed under the name Enterprise Edition (EE).A new version of Google Glass is indeed coming, but calling it a successor or sequel to the original may be overstating things a bit. 9to5Google reports that Tony Fadell and his team have been at work on a new “Enterprise Edition” of the augmented reality device that’s an offshoot of the original Explorer Edition, but with a few hardware improvements.According to the latest in a series of reports from 9 to 5 Google, the next Glass won’t exactly be version 2.0, but an “Enterprise Edition” that’s aimed strictly at practical uses instead of more adventurous ones.

According to reports, the design will be similar to the Explorer Edition in appearance, and that unless you owned one, you might not notice the difference. First, Google Glass Enterprise Edition is said to be foldable like a normal pair of glasses, which should make carrying it around easier and less awkward.

Soon after Google stopped the sale of its Glass Explorer Edition, the chatter online suggested the possibility of an upcoming ‘Enterprise Edition’. Although its first version did not find out by using clients, Google is extended performing work on the tech tool to actually ignite addict curiosity. The right side, where the electronics are contained, can fold down thanks to a “robust hinge” that’s been added to this model’s design. (The left side does the same.) 9to5Google also claims that the new iteration of Glass will be water resistant and more durable. But the gadget has also been made more hardy, with fewer places for water to seep in, making the model more waterproof than the original, according to sources.

Google wants it to be able to withstand your normal everyday drops and bumps — and that’s pretty important if it’s going to be used in factories, warehouses, or other work environments where fragile treatment can’t be guaranteed. The new design is made to be usable in a hospital or factory, with a focus on practicality, and the original’s focus on fashion and glamour will be gone. Not surprisingly, the internals are also reportedly getting an upgrade, including a larger prism display, a faster processor, “moderately improved battery life” and improved wireless connectivity.

Earlier in July leaks from the company showed a device with a bigger viewing prism for a better visual display, despite complaints that Google Glass was too bulky and nerdy. It seems reality is starting to sink in, with Google no longer clinging to the false hope of Glass becoming a mainstay on runways and in fashion magazines. It’s rumoured that final iterations of the EE will include a prism that extends further, allowing wearers to glance upwards and focus on the screen more comfortably than before.

Expected to be ideal for the workplace, Google has tweaked the eye wearable device’s visual aesthetic to better fit in a factory or a hospital than on a runway. The head of the Glass Project, Tony Fadell has announced that the gadget will be made available exclusively to Glass for Work partners and not for commercial sale. Google has previously vowed to design Glass ‘from scratch’ and papers filed by Google last month, reveal the tech giant has successful tested a mystery device dubbed GG1, which is thought to stand for Google Glass. Google’s mystery device is simply described as an instrument in the filing and as ‘Bluetooth & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac’, suggesting it is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. The model number is the biggest hint at the device being the next-generation headset, although tablets and phones also come with these features so it could be a different device entirely.

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