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.

Anticipating User Actions Before the Process Even Begins

The world’s most visited website is due for some big changes in the near future. Google had quite humble beginnings. The company started out as a search engine which seemed to be little more than logo and text entry field. The results were impressive right from the start though. Since those early days Google has grown in quite a few different ways. The most noticeable is the scope of their product line. The company is perhaps still best known as a search engine. However, since their initial launch they’ve managed to create multiple successful operating systems and a whole suite of applications. The scope of Google’s interests has grown. But the sparseness of the main Google search page has been a constant for quite some time. Additional features pop up every now and then. Still, most users have found that the search engine’s whitespace is fairly predictable.

All of this is about to change soon. Google recently announced that they have plans to integrate some new features into their search engine’s presentation. The new features are going to be a big change to the search engine’s functionality. But the change might not come as a huge shock to people who love Google’s services. The new features are going to borrow heavily from functionality that’s long been a staple of Google’s other platforms. In particular much of the new system is going to be quite similar to Google Now functionality that’s long been part of Google’s Android devices. There was even a brief period where Google Now feeds were present as an optional feature on Google’s desktop web browser, Chrome.

Google’s known for quite a while that they wanted to offer the Google Now functionality to everyone, no matter what platform they were on. It’s only recently that they’ve decided that the best way to do so is through the page which brought them so much attention in the first place.