Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Google Glass, the ill-fated, before-its-time augmented reality headset, is back —  more than two years after the company killed the consumer version.

Today, Google X has announced a new Enterprise Edition of the tech designed for use in industry, rather than wearing around on the street.

The lens can now be built into a pair of safety goggles and is described as an aid to help workers stay hands-on, work smarter and gather instant expertise.

For example, in a post on the X website Google says the new version “intuitively fits into your workflow and helps you remain engaged and focused on high value work by removing distractions. A quick ‘OK Glass’ can activate the right application for you at any time.”

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Meanwhile it’ll also offer access to training videos, QA checklists and annotated images, while connecting to co-workers with a ‘see what you see’ live video stream.

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Companies like General Electric, DHL, Samsung and Volkswagen as well as a multitude of healthcare companies, researchers and electronics firms have been part of developing the next-gen Glass over the last 2 years.

The device now has more power and improved battery life.

In a post on Medium, Jay Kothari Project Lead for Glass wrote: “We first saw signs of Glass’ potential for businesses in the Glass Explorer days. As we said when we graduated, we’d been seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace.

“Now the Glass product team is back at X, and we’ll be collaborating with the Google Cloud team and our partners to help customers across a variety of business sectors make the most of Glass. Together, we’re looking forward to seeing more businesses give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free.”

Last month, the original Google Glass Explorer Edition received an update that introduced Bluetooth connectivity for the first time.

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