We all remember Google Glass much-publicized burst into the world of digital wonders back in 2013. That burst ended just as quickly when the balloon popped after much criticism of how the glasses were being used to invade the privacy of others, earning the early adopter techies the nickname “glassholes”. Google folded the $1,500 a pair public program in 2015, but Google Glass was far from dead.
Google turned to business with an Enterprise Edition, where the technology continued to be refined and enhanced. In 2017, Google Glass Enterprise Edition was announced and as the technology has continued to be enhanced and refined, this week Google announced Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is a wearable device that helps businesses improve the quality of their output, and help their employees work smarter, faster and safer. It provides hands-on workers and professionals with glanceable, voice-activated assistance that is designed to be worn all day with its comfortable, lightweight profile.
Glass Enterprise Edition has helped workers in a variety of industries from logistics, to manufacturing, to field services, do their jobs more efficiently by providing hands-free access to the information and tools they need to complete their work. Workers can use Glass to access checklists, view instructions or send inspection photos or videos, and our enterprise customers have reported faster production times, improved quality, and reduced costs after using Glass.
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, which features a significantly more powerful multicore CPU and a new artificial intelligence engine. This enables significant power savings, enhanced performance and support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities. Google has also partnered with Smith Optics to make Glass-compatible safety frames for different types of demanding work environments, like manufacturing floors and maintenance facilities.
Additionally, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 features improved camera performance and quality, which builds on Glass’s existing first-person video streaming and collaboration features. Google has incorporated USB-C port that supports faster charging and increased overall battery life to enable customers to use Glass longer between charges.
Finally, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is easier to develop for and deploy. It’s built on Android, making it easier for customers to integrate the services and APIs (application programming interfaces) they already use.
The market for smart glasses continues to heat up as a variety of manufacturers build eyewear for everything from business to sport to personal communication. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 costs $999.