Google said to be trying out new version of Glass for workplace

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Glass 2 Arrives For Businesses, Consumers Will Have To Wait.

Google has started to distribute a new version of Google Glass to select business partners, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. That’s not to say it didn’t excel in some fields, the business sector for example (healthcare, manufacturing, and energy) where Glass was the perfect fit for busy folks on-the-go. Re/code has learned that a version of the second edition of Google’s wearable, which was erroneously assumed dead when the search giant obfuscated about its future earlier this year, has already been distributed to the company’s Glass at Work enterprise partners. Google has changed up the form factor of Glass for the new business version, and is now distributing a model that doesn’t come with its own frame anymore. The new model comes with a bigger battery that’s said to last 2 hours longer, swappable magnetic batteries, a faster processor made by Intel, and a bigger “display” prism that’s more adjustable.

But consumer attitudes toward the original Glass were mixed due its hefty price tag and concerns about privacy, since users could secretly record video. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition is said to be a complete overhaul of the Explorer Edition, with a more rugged, foldable design and the ability to attach to different glasses. There’s also word that the display will be larger and thinner (not like the original’s bulky cube) and Google will opt for a much better Intel Atom processor to power the thing, with optional external battery packs for extra juice.

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 use cases. For instance, 9to5Mac published details of the so-called “Enterprise Edition” several days ago and claimed that the new Glass might fold up like regular glasses. 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. The WSJ tells us not to expect it for at least another year, perhaps once everyone has cooled off on the idea of public “privacy.” The best bit of news? 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. However, unlike most other smart glasses, it still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user’s vision, rather than displaying an image in the center of one’s view like the ODG R7 or Microsoft HoloLens.

Those of you mulling over picking up Google Glass during its initial run but couldn’t get over its exorbitant pricing, this should be music to your ears. 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.

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