Google Glass is back with a new “Enterprise Edition” announced on Tuesday. The initial target: Use on the job.
“Now the focus was on making a practical workplace tool that saves time and money,” reports Wired.
“Google Glass, the smart head-up display and camera that was supposed to become everyone’s next portable computer, isn’t dead. It’s gotten a job — multiple jobs, in fact,” adds The Verge.
Google Glass launched initially five years ago then was pulled back for a host of changes.
Here’ are some of the benefits Google says the new edition offers:
- Stay hands-on
Glass 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.
- Work smarter
Access training videos, images annotated with instructions, or quality assurance checklists that help you get the job done, safely, quickly and to a higher standard. And Glass stays out of your way when you don’t need it.
- Instant expertise
Glass can connect you with coworkers in an instant, bringing expertise to right where you are. Invite others to ‘see what you see’ through a live video stream so you can collaborate and troubleshoot in real-time.
In a feature story, Wired explained how the new smart glasses were utilized:
“Workers at each station on the tractor assembly line—sporting eyewear that doesn’t look much different from the safety frames required by OSHA—begin their tasks by saying, ‘OK, Glass, Proceed.’ When they go home, they leave their glasses behind.”
Many changes have been made in Google Glass, notes tech news site The Verge:
“The major upgrades between the original Glass and the enterprise version are a better camera (with resolution upgraded from 5 megapixels to 8), extended battery life, faster Wi-Fi and processor, and a new red light that turns on when recording video. The electronics of Glass have also been made modular in the shape of a so-called Glass Pod, which can be detached and reattached to Glass-compatible frames, which can include things like safety goggles and prescription glasses.”
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