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.
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: “
“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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