Google Presents New Smart Glasses for Business Use

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The Google Glass—one of the first augmented reality devices launched in 2013—uses a tiny projector to beam computer-generated images to the wearer's eye / Photo by: Mikepanhu via Wikimedia Commons

 

Google Inc released a new model of its Google Glass on Monday, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, which specifically caters to business uses.

The Google Glass—one of the first augmented reality devices launched in 2013—uses a tiny projector to beam computer-generated images to the wearer's eye. The users see these images "floating" in front of the real world.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is operated on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform that the company said will give the new device longer battery life. Smith Optics will provide the frames, giving the glasses a more regular look and making the headset less bulky compared to competitors such as Microsoft HoloLens and the start-up Magic Leap's glasses, CNBC reports.

Similar to its predecessor, the second Google Glass also has a small projector that sits in front of one of the user's eyes.

The business news site adds that the glasses are tagged at $999 but could still be lowered for certain firms, depending on the business and their contracts with Google. The base price is significantly more affordable compared to Microsoft's HoloLens 2, which businesses and even the US military use, that starts at $3,500 for a pair.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, built on Android, is more applicable for business news since it now supports mobile device management, which is used to configure devices with apps and services as well as control how employees use them (eg disabling the glasses if the employee loses them).

According to CNBC, Google has been focused on the enterprise for the past couple of years following its failed attempt in attracting consumers with the original Google Glass—which was more expensive than its successor and was equipped with a built-in camera that raised privacy concerns.

The tech giant said Glass is used in logistics, manufacturing, and field services by firms such as H.B. Fuller, Sutter Health, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and AGCO.