Google has announced a new version of business-oriented AR headset – Glass Enterprise Edition 2. The Glass builds upon the previous generation model and brings along improvements taking into consideration customers’ feedback. In a nutshell, the Glass is a small, lightweight, wearable computer which comes with a transparent display and safety frames by Smith Optics. Also, to meet the growing demands of the market and scale its enterprise efforts, the Glass team has moved from X (Alphabet’s moonshot factory) to Google.
To give you a background, the previous model of Glass, the Glass Enterprise Edition has helped workers across different industries do their job efficiently by providing them hands-free access to the information and tools required for work. The Glass allowed workers to perform different tasks like accessing checklists, viewing instructions or sending inspection photos or videos, which led them to achieve faster production times, improved quality, and reduced costs.
The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 builds upon the previous model and introduces some improvements with customers’ feedback to help businesses improve the efficiency of their employees. At its core, the Glass is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform with a multicore CPU and a new AI engine. The improved internals introduces significant power savings, enhanced performance, and support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities on the new Glass. The company has also partnered with Smith Optics to make Glass-compatible safety frames for different types of work environments. Additionally, is also gets a USB-C port with support for fast charging and increased battery life.
The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 also comes with improved camera performance and quality, based on Glass’s existing first-person video streaming and collaboration features. It is also built-upon Android, which makes it easier for customers to integrate the services and APIs that they often use. And, it also offers support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management, to provide support for scaled deployments.
Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Specifications
- Chipset: 10nm, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Quad Core
- Memory and Storage: 3GB LPDDR4 / 32GB eMMC Flash
- Display: 640 x 360 Optical Display Module
- Camera: 8MP, 80 DFOV
- Wi-Fi: 802.11ac, dual-band, single antenna
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.x
- Charging and Data: USB Type-C, USB 2.0 480Mbps
- Battery: 820mAh with fast charge
- OS: Android Oreo
The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is priced at $999, which is comparatively cheaper than the original Glass Enterprise Edition that was priced at $1500. Currently, the Glass is limited to Enterprise only. And as of now, there’s no sign from the company of making it available to the masses.