Google has secretly released a new version of Glass

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Starts Testing New Version of Google Glass For 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.

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. The Wall Street Journal’s sources also said that the new Glass uses a “button-and-hinge system to attach the mini-computer to different glasses,” instead of fitting around your head like a goofy Star Trek prop. (See above.) Sources also said that the new enterprise-focused Glass will have “has a faster Intel processor, improved battery life of as long as two hours and improved wireless connectivity” as well as a longer, thinner display that can move both vertically and horizontally. Google doesn’t plan to officially launch the new version, the people said, a far cry from the skydivers who brought the first version to a Google conference in 2012.

Also new: The device’s display, which consists of a translucent glass cube, is bigger, and can now be placed either horizontally or vertically, suggesting that it will be used with customized applications built for certain business uses. However, the device quickly became controversial, in part due to an integrated camera that could be used to capture photo and video of conversation partners and bystanders. The larger prism, the blog thought, might look something like this: The new reports say that only a select group of software developers have the new Google Glass for now. Once some applications have been built, Google will offer it to business that can use it for customer service or brain surgery or whatever you can do with that very crappy two-hour battery life.

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. It makes great sense for Google to pivot the widely panned but inarguably futuristic technology towards enterprise customers, especially since using Glass in private workplaces would presumably cut down on privacy concerns. Nevertheless, nobody really knows what’s going to happen to Glass in the longterm—it’s easy to forget that it’s still a new invention, and one that’s still searching for its target user.

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.

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