Google Glass Is Back

The good news is that Google Glass is back. However, the bad news is that the glass reboot is designed to fit the needs of business and is not for public consumption. Certainly, a lot of controversy surrounded the first release of Google Glass. The number one issue was an invasion of privacy and the glasses were kind of pricey at $1,500 each. Google Glass simply did not catch on with the average consumer. However, workers found that the glasses were beneficial on the job.

What’s New With Google Glass
The Google Glass is still in production and aimed at making the average business more productive and efficient. Major corporations to medical institutions rave about the glasses. Some of the organizations boasted about a 50 percent increase in production that was due to using the Google Glasses. The new Google Glass features a new design and includes new hardware. It’s also interesting to note that the new design is also much lighter. Thus, making it easier to wear the product comfortably for a much longer time. The increased battery life should also make the product very attractive to even more organizations that would like to improve work flow and production.

Alphabet X is the production team behind the upgraded and improved design of the Google Glass. The fact is that the product has earned a very well respected place in the work-environment. It has improved work production and work flow in in high management to industrial work. Now, Google is in the process of hiring developers to design new applications for the new and improved version of Google Glasses.

Google Glass Isn’t Dead, Just Repurposed

Back in 2013, the first edition product of the much-lauded and highly debated Google Glass project was made available to the public. Google Glass Explorer Edition was a fascinating piece of tech — resembling standard eyeglasses, these virtual reality accessories displayed hands-free information in a format similar to smartphones, allowing the wearer to use voice commands or the side touchpad, and came equipped with a camera capable of recording both images and video.

The $1,500 price tag, functionality issues, overall impracticality of the device, and privacy concerns due to the camera led to Google closing down the project, with vague claims of redesigning the gear from scratch and a promise not to release the new version until it was perfect. That was in early 2015. Now, Google has come through on that promise — but in a completely unexpected way.

Introducing the Glass Enterprise Edition.

Unlike its predecessor, the new Google Glass device is not available to consumers. Google’s new design has repurposed the Enterprise Edition to provide functionality for a wide range of business and industry, from warehouses to automobile factories to health care.

With the release of the device, Google revealed that the new edition of Glass has been designed to not only be more comfortable for users, with a lightweight yet durable construction built to withstand tough working conditions, but also boasts increased power and a longer battery life.

Alphabet X, the Google branch that has been working in the background to redevelop Google Glass, has been steadily beta testing the device under actual working conditions. Companies such as Tesla and Boeing received early versions of the next-generation edition, and as of the recent public announcement, more than 50 companies are currently using Glass Enterprise Edition.

The reinvented Glass is already delivering results for these companies. For example, agricultural manufacturing giant AGCO has used the device to reduce production times by 25 percent, while healthcare professionals have reported that doctors are able to spend up to 50 percent more time with their patients due to paperwork reductions.

While there seem to be no current plans for a new public offering of Google Glass, the device is now being offered to more businesses throughout the country.

Google Glass is Back With a New Market

Google Glass initially launched in 2014, after a prototype was made available to select people in 2013. It was not long before the product came under scrutiny. It was heavily criticized for privacy and safety concerns. Within a year of its broader release, the program was shut down.

However, that was not the end for Google Glass. Alphabet X, the branch of Google that created the glasses, has revealed Glass Enterprise Edition. This new version of Google Glass is aimed at companies rather than the general public.

The original glasses featured a touch pad, camera, and liquid crystal display. The privacy concerns came from the use of the camera and the ethics of recording people in public without their knowledge. This is no longer a concern with Glass Enterprise Edition since the plan is for them to be used at work, reducing the amount of paperwork and improving production times. Companies such as GE, DHL, Dignity Health, Volkswagen, NSF International, The Boeing Company, and AGCO have already been using the glasses to great effect.

The new glasses are hands-free, lightweight, and comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time. The glasses can be used to provide instructions to workers with visual aids, demonstrate processes with videos, and doctors can use an app within the glasses to take notes while they are talking to patients. GE states that their mechanics’ efficiency has improved by up to 12% since they began using the glasses.

The current plan for the glasses does not include providing them to the general public. They plan on continuing to work with businesses to improve their workers’ abilities to use the glasses to improve their productivity and enhance the workplace.

Google Glass Finds New Life in the Workplace

Just four years ago it seemed that Google Glass, the Internet search and advertising giant’s foray into the new frontier of smart eye-wear, would never grow beyond the limited open beta, where the product was met with both privacy concerns and disappointment over its somewhat limited range of features. However, after a careful period of retooling and testing, Google has recently relaunched the product with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition, this time focusing on more practical, business-oriented applications for the device.

The updated model, while similar in design to the original, boasts a number of improvements, including superior wifi functionality and security, extended battery life, superior processing power, and a more powerful eight megapixel camera. Most important to the product’s newfound success, however, is its modular design. The device’s new design allows it to be attached to the wearer’s base eye-wear, meaning the Enterprise Edition can be used in conjunction with safety or reading glasses, making it suitable for a number of industrial applications.

The vastly improved device has found a home in a number of industries. Jay Kothari, the project lead for the Enterprise Edition, cited “manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare” as just a few of the earliest adopters for the cutting edge tech. Kothari and his team spent two years redesigning Google Glass, moving the eye-wear away from its consumer roots into a product focused on meeting industry demands.

This new version allows, for example, a manufacturing floor worker to quickly access data regarding other points along the assembly line without abandoning his station. This sort of hands-free access to data is a remarkable boon for industries heavily dependent upon quick access to information in a multitasking environment. Volkswagen, Boeing Company, and DHL are just a few of the companies who have already successfully integrated Google Glass into their day-to-day operations. While the project may have strayed from its consumer roots, the adoption of Google Glass by these businesses offers a bright and interesting future for smart eye-wear technology.

Google Glass Hasn’t Been Forgotten

Talk to anyone in 2015 about the next big thing and there wouldn’t be much debate. Google Glass was a continual feature in both news and entertainment. People were fascinated by the idea of these technologically powered glasses. It seemed like the future was here. The glasses weren’t just some idea out of science fiction. They were actual prototypes which could be seen on the faces of testers. And just as fast as they appeared they were gone. Most people assumed that Google had abandoned the whole concept of Google Glass.

However, it appears that Google Glass is back in a big way. Google recently revealed the next iteration of their Glass technology. The new product is known as Glass Enterprise Edition. One of the most interesting things about the announcement is how much more clear the product’s vision is. One might easily mistake that statement to be a reference to camera resolution. However, the most important thing about the new version of Glass is the target market. The original Google Glass was being marketed as the next big thing for every single person on the planet. And to be sure, it might still have a worldwide market as it develops over time. The new version of Glass is targeted for specific uses though.

The professional market took to the original Google Glass designs far more naturally than the general public did. Most people using Glass tended to play around with it a lot. And to be sure, there’s nothing wrong with having a bit of fun with technology. Google noticed that people using the glasses in professional settings were getting a lot more use out of Glass. There wasn’t much need to search out tasks to fit into the device’s capabilities.

Professionals quickly noted just how useful it could be to have data related to their job constantly at hand. In fact, some people even noted that it was able to rekindle the love they had for their jobs. Google’s focus is probably going to keep Glass under the radar for the vast majority of people. But those professionals who are using it will probably fall in love with the device.

Augmented Reality Has Big Plans for the Future

You may have heard the term augmented reality thrown around here and there, but you probably don’t realize exactly how abundant this technology will be for future generations. While this spin-off of virtual reality may seem a bit gimmicky with products like Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens offering fun and entertaining uses for augmented reality, like watching a holographic movie. But developers of the emerging software assure users that this isn’t the case. In fact, augmented reality has big plans that may impact all major areas of our lives. Beneful, who you can check-out on Facebook, thinks it may impact our pets as well.

HoloLens by Microsoft, for example, is planning application for their augmented reality technology in schools, homes, hospitals, and offices. Also, NASA has taken interest in implementing training tools using HoloLens. Medical students will soon be learning how to treat patients via virtual lesson with amazing visual detail.

The technology can be used in almost any industry imaginable, and the benefits will be numerous. Augmented reality could allow professionals to engage with 3D designs that provide much more detail, and entertainment, than any other business tool that Is currently on the market.

Though, the HoloLens competitor, Google Glass, was considered by the tech industry as an epic failure with little or no use coming from the development. HoloLens is trying to learn from Google’s mistakes by making more practical apps with real world value.