Today, the team at Google has announced a new version of its Google Glass, called Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, an augmented reality headset. Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now an official Google product.
Glass Enterprise Edition has been useful for workers in a variety of industries ranging from logistics to manufacturing, to field services. It helps workers for accessing checklists, view instructions or sending inspection photos or videos, etc.
This headset is no more under Google’s parent company Alphabet’s X “Moonshot Factory”. The official blog reads, “Now, in order to meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace and to better scale our enterprise efforts, the Glass team has moved from X to Google.”
Congratulations Glass team on the launch of Glass Enterprise Edition 2! https://t.co/f0hOunDd37
— The Team at X (@Theteamatx) May 20, 2019
Also interesting: Glass moving back to Google instead of X. from Jay Kothari, project lead, Glass: “To meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace, the Glass team has moved from X to Google in order to better scale our enterprise efforts moving forward.”
— Scott Stein (@jetscott) May 20, 2019
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 helps businesses to improve the efficiency of their employees. It costs $999, and it’s not being sold directly to consumers.
Features of Glass Enterprise Edition 2
- An improved camera with good performance and quality that builds on an existing first person video streaming and collaboration features.
- Features a new processor built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform. It provides a powerful multicore CPU (central processing unit) and a new artificial intelligence engine.
- Comes with a USB-C port for fast charging
- It also features a thicker, bulkier design, which helps to fit a larger 820mAh battery compared to the original’s 570mAh.
It also helps in power savings, enhancing the performance and support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities.
Google team further mentions, “We’ve also partnered with Smith Optics to make Glass-compatible safety frames for different types of demanding work environments, like manufacturing floors and maintenance facilities.”
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is built on Android which makes it easier for customers to integrate the services and APIs they already use. And also supports Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management in order to scale deployments.
Even other big tech companies like Microsoft, Vuzix, and Epson are also working towards business-focused augmented reality glasses and make their positions strong in this league.
To know more about this news, check out the official blog post by Google.