Google has unveiled the newest version of Glass augmented reality headset, it is more of a business focused headset designating as an official Google product instead of an experiment. You remember its predecessor as a strange 2013 footnote, but this Glass enterprise edition 2 comes with upgraded features, specs, and costs around $999. It would not sell directly to consumers.
The gadget got a new processor, an improved camera, a USB-C port for faster charging, and a variety of other updates. The company has not planned to position Glass as a mainstream product and they are looking forward to greater sales of Glass Enterprise Edition 2. According to a blog post, the device has been moved out of Google parent company Alphabet’s X “moonshot factory” into the family of products. Google wants to fulfill the demand of a growing market for wearables in the workplace.
Google has kept the design basic to a simply head-up display because they didn’t want changes. Glass Augmented reality headset has got a processing boost with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chip, which is designed especially for augmented and virtual reality. Google claims that with XR1 power the new headset can now install computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities. For that, they have already released a consumer-focused computer vision called tool lens, it gives you offers features like sign translation and restaurant recommendations.
Also, Google is adding new safety frames to Glass in collaboration with Smith Optics, plus a bigger battery and other upgraded components. The device runs on Android with support of Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management. The news of enterprise edition 2 leaked a month ago but we don’t have full details on the device until now when Google revealed it.
Google representatives declined to comment further when asked about the new Glass could possibly inherit some Google lens like features.
Google’s VP of VR and AR, Clay Bavor, said in a statement 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.”
Moreover, the previous explore edition costs $1,500 and enterprise edition costs $999, it is still not cheap but now become more accessible.