Report: Businesses Testing Out New Google Glass

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Glass is back! But now it’s for businesses.

Google has quietly resurrected its wearable computer, Glass, as an enterprise-focused device aimed at industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy.Google has secretly released a new clip-on version of Google Glass, and hopes to have a version ready to sell to businesses in the autumn, according to reports.The revamped version of Glass reportedly does not include the wire-like frame of its predecessor but rather its mini-computer attaches to eyewear via a button-and-hinge system.

Other improvements include increasing the size of the prism that projects images into the user’s vision, effectively giving it a bigger display, while at the same time making it thinner and more compact. No official launch is scheduled for the device, which Google is hoping to be working in various professional milieus by fall, after software developers work with it to create specific programs. – AFP Relaxnews But for now, the device is aimed exclusively at business customers who gain immediate value from having a head-mounted display, and bypass many of the issues experienced by consumer users, particularly the privacy concerns sparked by wearing a head-mounted camera in public places. The Wall Street Journal report, which cites sources ‘familiar with the situation’, comes after 9to5Google reported on leaks about the new device earlier this month. The website reported that the next generation Google Glass will come with a range of new features including being foldable, waterproof and more durable, according to leaks.

That announcement saw Google moving the team out of its future-tech X division and into a whole separate division headed by the man behind the iPod, Tony Fadell. 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. Sold as part of an “explorer” programme, initially for $1,500 a pair, the company was adamant that users weren’t buying a finished consumer product. 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.

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. While the consumer preview was mildly unsuccessful, it did reveal to the company the potential of using the devices in specific institutional contexts.

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. Google has previously vowed to design Glass ‘from scratch’ and papers filed by Google 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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