Five years ago Google launched Google Glass – the futuristic gadget developed by Google X division – the company’s intellectual department where engineers develop way-out ideas. Driven by voice commands, Google Glass had quite impressive functionality and was worn by celebrities and featured a fashion show. However there were two problems with it. The first was quite strange design that could make you look like a dork and the second one was the privacy issue. In the end, Google withdrew the device in January 2015.
Now Google's parent company Alphabet is focusing on a different audience for its smartglasses: workers. The latest version, called Glass Enterprise Edition aimed at industrial applications, has been updated to be more lightweight and with better battery life of up to 8 hours. Moreover the new Glass EE includes an updated camera module of 8 megapixels. A better Intel processor, an indicator for video recording and improved Wi-Fi speeds are also included. On the Bluetooth front, the Enterprise Edition supports Bluetooth LE and HID, and multiple Bluetooth connections at once. The storage space is 32GB and RAM is 2GB. But the most important change is that the Glass EE module is now decoupled entirely from integrated frames. It means it will work with all kinds of existing eyewear, including industrial safety glasses.
Among the Glass EE customers are manufacturing, logistics and healthcare companies such as Samsung, DHL, McKinsey&Company, Volkswagen, Opel, Penny Market, Sutter Health and other. Google mentioned the price will vary.