Google is releasing a new version of its augmented reality (AR) glasses following the Glass product’s reinvention as a tool for enterprise.
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 will cost $999 and businesses can get in touch with Google now to discuss deployment.
Complaints about privacy and functionality forced Google to cancel plans to launch the product for the mass market a few years ago, and reinvent it for enterprise.
Google said in a blog post: “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.”
The new enterprise edition brings modest changes, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, “which features a significantly more powerful multicore CPU (central processing unit) and a new artificial intelligence engine”.
“This enables significant power savings, enhanced performance and support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities,” Google explained.
Google has also partnered with Smith Optics to make Glass-compatible safety frames for different types of demanding work environments, such as manufacturing floors and maintenance facilities.
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 features improved camera performance and quality, and a USB-C port has been added to support faster charging. Overall battery life has also been improved.
The AR glasses are built on Android, and the new edition now supports Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management.
Google appears to be expecting big things for the new Glass headset.
It has moved the product out of X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, “which is designed to be a protected space for long-term thinking and experimentation”, and into Google “in order to meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace and to better scale our enterprise efforts”.
Watch a promo video for Glass Enterprise Edition 2 below:
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