Google Glass will have a new snap-on design, says WSJ

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Finally, Google Gets Glass. We Hope..

Google is making another run at Google Glass, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports the company has been quietly distributing the Internet-connected eyewear to businesses.Google is quietly distributing a new version of its Glass wearable computer aimed at businesses in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy, according to people familiar with the situation. Google Glass was first introduced on a limited basis in 2013 as a headset sporting a tiny screen that overlaid graphics in a wearer’s field of view. The WSJ wrote: The new model has a faster Intel processor, improved battery life of as long as two hours and improved wireless connectivity, the people said.

Google eventually ended the initial Glass program without releasing a full-bore consumer product. “The thing that we did not do well, that was closer to a failure, is that we allowed and sometimes encouraged too much attention to the program,” Google’s Astro Teller said in March about Google Glass’ lifespan. Google Glass’ utility in business and industrial settings has always been clear, and if any constituency is going to shell out thousands of dollars for these devices it will be business users. The initial version of Glass, which sold for $1,500, prompted a widespread privacy backlash because users could record video in public places without others noticing.

Hmmmm….As I reread the Active Ants story — this was a favorite case study for Google Glass advocates back in the day — I am wondering about the new specs, improved though they are. Around December, this plan was scrapped, the people added, and the Glass team was moved out of the Google X research lab and into the Nest connected-home division, led by former Apple Inc executive Tony Fadell. With the first version, which suffered from short battery life, users often hooked the device up to battery packs developed by other companies using mini USB connectors.

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