Google has introduced the Google Glass way back in 2012. It targeted average consumers with a somewhat disappointing 3-5 hours of battery life and a whopping £1200-$1500 price tag. No wonder it didn’t catch much attention.
Google’s Alphabet X division has worked 2 years on revising the Google Glass and making it more useful than ever – but this time for the enterprise sector instead of average consumers.
Understandably, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition (short for GEE) will not be sold for average consumers but rather companies to take advantage of the new and built-in features that they might find useful.
The new revamped Google Glass was re-designed keeping the workers in mind, so the glasses is still considerably small, lightweight and should also be durable. You can still clip it on a normal glasses or a safety google, so viewing should not be disturbed by the new glasses.
Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy. That’s why we’ve spent the last two years working closely with a network of more than 30 expert partners to build customized software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields. We’ve also made improvements to the design and hardware so that it’s lightweight and comfortable for long term wear. We’ve increased the power and battery life too. – Jay Kothari said this in Alphabet’s blog post.
GE Aviation uses the new glasses to help their workers and mechanics assemle and repair aircraft enginers and other parts. Some DHL workers also use the glasses to provide them with real-time instructions on where certain parcels must be placed.
The glass so far has turned out to be very successful for certain manufacturers, services and has reportedly made DHL’s supply chain more efficient by 15%.
The specifications for the new glasses are an upgraded camera being 8MP instead of the 5MP that was used in the 2012 models, a red light LED will now indicate when the camera is recording and is being used, so privacy concerns should be resolved a little faster and more easily. The Wi-Fi and other internals such as the chipset is also said to be upgraded and perform a lot faster. While the standby time and the battery size hasn’t been mentioned, the blog posts says that the battery performance has been improved to suit the workers’ needs a lot better – this suggests a good 8 hours of continuous use if we take the average working time into consideration.
So there you have it, Google hasn’t given up on its Google Glass just yet. They have re-designed it and made it more useful for other people and companies.
What are your thoughts about the new Google Glasses? Would you buy one if the battery would last longer and the price tag would be considerably lower? Let us know in the comments down below!