Google’s ambitious eyewear project – Glass apparently isn’t yet buried. The company has been silently developing and updating the product for the last three years and today has officially unveiled the second chapter of its story – Glass Enterprise Edition.
Google’s “moonshot” branch, Alphabet X, has announced an upgrade to the wearable and it’s called Glass Enterprise Edition. As you might have guessed already from the title, the company has realised that the world isn’t quite prepared for it and hence, has completely shifted focus towards large enterprises, factories for helping workers conduct their routines in a much more efficient and quicker manner. While the consumer version was shelved years ago, Glass had continued under a beta phase with partners such as GE, Boeing, DHL, Volkswagan, and AGCO.
These conglomerates have been employing specialized applications for the Glass to upscale their production. For instance, GE has an app “which shows [workers] instructions with videos, animations, and images right in their line of sight so they don’t have to stop work to check their binders or computer to know what to do next”.
Another example of where the Glass has substantially proved useful is in the healthcare sector. Professionals and doctors, as a result, have been able to interact with their patients while scribbling notes in the background via Augmetix’s “remote scribe” app. DHL uses a solution called Ubimax with Glass to “receive real-time instructions about where items have to be placed on the carts with the help of visual aids”.
Companies have mentioned that they have in fact found the Glass effective with AGCO managing to reduce production times by 25 percent, DHL increased supply chain efficiency 15 percent, paperwork loads for healthcare professionals diminished by almost 20 percent and more.
As far as the hardware is concerned, Glass EE comes with a better camera featuring a resolution of 8-megapixel instead of 5, a foldable design, improved battery life, upgraded professor as well as WiFi and a new red light that turns on when recording video. It’s also a lot more modular and can be easily detached and reattached to any frame, including safety goggles and prescription glasses.
Alphabet says they have hundreds of Glass EE being tested all around the US and they expect to increase that number as it becomes more accessible and comes out of the trial period. While the search engine giant had failed in the consumer market with a trendy tag, it certainly seems devoted to creating the ultimate assistive device. Glass EE will also allow the company to push forward its Augmented Reality efforts. Perhaps, they will make it available to everyone whenever they feel the world is ready for it.