Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Posted July 20, 2017

With the second iteration of the Google Glass, the company is focusing on the enterprise market instead of the public.

The lightweight, clip-on headset (now with increased power and battery life), has also made its way into the healthcare field.

The industrial eyewear termed Glass Enterprise Edition could transform how industries from medicine to advanced manufacturing empower their workers through timely information and on-the-job training.

The Glass team would be collaborating with the Google's Cloud team and other partners to help its customers in making the most of the product, the piece states further. Google claims that Glass has reduced machinery production time by 25 percent and inspection times by 30 percent at AGCO.

More than 50 companies including Volkswagen, Boeing Company, Agco, Dignity Health and DHL are now using Glass as part of a special program.

The new headset offers a range of improvements over the earlier Explorer Edition, including an upgraded 8MP camera, compared with the previous 5MP version. Hit the link for more details.

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Alphabet, Google's parent company have announced via Medium that it is working on the Google Glass Enterprise Edition that will soon be available, although which will be predominenlty an enterprise based product.

Jay Kothari, Product Lead for Glass, said the company has been working on the new and improved Google Glass Enterprise Edition for the past two years, in which time it has been available to a small number of enterprises in a limited programme.

Despite the success of AR and VR tech in the consumer market, Glass will be exclusively developed for the business sector, and, as far as we know, there are no plans yet to expand beyond that.

Google stated the examples of DHL, where employees in the supply chain process used Glass for scanning items from racks before moving them into totes or bins or carts to be shipped. Businesses interested in using Google Glass must go through Google's third-party Glass Partners, which specialize in specific industries.

However, the HoloLens suffers from poor battery life, as it is now capable of only two to three hours of use.

It turns out that Google Glass was only mostly dead when Google Inc. chose to shelve its over-hyped smart glasses in January 2015. Glass frees their hands and GE Aviation estimates that this has improved efficiency on the floor by as much as 12 percent.