05 February 2020
We all know how miserable Google's most hyped project, Google Glass, failed and was recently added to the Museum of Failure. The blame could be given to the potential privacy issues and overall scattered launch of the product when it was first announced in the year 2012. While its shut down two years ago, Google did say "the journey doesn't end here" and here we are with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition, which revives the lost excitement.
It's clear from the "Enterprise" in the name that it clearly is not meant for the public. The company made a huge announcement on the website of X, Google's moonshot factory. Jay Kothari, the product lead revealed that the company has been working on the project for past two years with various companies taking part in a limited program that allowed inclusion of Glass Enterprise Edition in their crucial tasks. Now that the new edition is official, more companies have been added as the industry partners.
The new Glass has been given a more ergonomic design to allow users to enjoy its capabilities for longer hours and also withstand rigorous work environments. Kothari said:
We've ... 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.
While it was under refinement in the past two years, companies like DHL and GE have incorporated the technology in their arrangements and production line. The companies have found that the technology indeed speeds the process as the people have visual aids with the help of Glass which is superior to turning the boring and long instruction manuals. One such example can be seen in the following video.
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 customised software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields.
We don't know if the Glass will ever be available to the public again. But the consumer Glass team which is separate from the Enterprise Edition team is still working in the background, so we can only hope for now. As for the pricing, it's not revealed yet. For the record, the original Google Glass was available to the consumer at a price tag of $1,500.