The giant tech company has just released today its new version of AR glasses called Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. The latest model is specially created for business uses.
When it was first introduced in 2013, Google Glass used a small projector to appear to float right before the user’s eye. In 2015, the model was no longer addressed to consumers, being discontinued by Google. Then, the company stated in 2017 that their headset would be oriented towards enterprises, offering many ways that can assist workers in different departments.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 – More Powerful, New Features
Glass project lead Jay Kothari says that the applications for Glass gives workers “superpowers,” working as reminders, inspection use cases and more.
While Google Glass doesn’t work like the HoloLens 2, it offers AR applications, using a Qualcomm XR1 chip that enables “support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities.” The powerful chip also prolongs battery life and the frames from Smith Optics make the device look like a regular pair of glasses. They come with USB type-C charging, better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a better camera.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 cost $999, but the price can go lower if some companies have other deals or contracts with Google. Even at this price, compared to Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 (starting at $3,500) which is used in businesses and the U.S military, the latest Google Glass is a lot cheaper.
Nonetheless, the HoloLens 2 is more powerful than the new Google Glass, and can overlay information over the real world – users being able to see it with both eyes. Meanwhile, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 has only one small projector like its predecessor.
The new Google Glass uses Android OS, and it supports Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management – offering integration with mobile devices, letting users configure their glasses with apps and services, controlling them through phones and tablets, and more.
In a statement, Google’s VP of VR and AR, Clay Bavor, said that “using technologies like computer vision and AR, our team’s focus has been on building helpful experiences that provide useful information in context. Glass Enterprise Edition 2 does just that, and we’re excited to give businesses and their employees tools to help them work better, smarter and faster.”
H.B Fuller, Sutter Health, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and AGCO are among Google’s Glass customers and partners.