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Google Glass Streamlined after Two Years of Experimentation

Sinead Donnelly


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Dubbed Glass Enterprise Edition 2, Google is launching an upgraded version of its virtual reality wearables for the enterprise.

According to Monday’s company announcement, the glasses have been built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform for a “more powerful multicore CPU”.

The Qualcomm platform enables power savings, computer vision support and expanded machine learning capabilities. The USB-C port also allows for a better battery life and faster charging.

Edition 2 is created on Android, allowing for simple integrations with APIs already in use. Scaled deployments also mean that the new wearables support Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management.

The VR glasses ease the burden of training workers and maintaining the safety of products and processes however, various iterations of Google Glass have been unsuccessful.

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Although the glass was marketed as a consumer product, when it was originally launched it was met with heavy criticism surrounding privacy and function.

In October 2017, Google revisited the VR headsets again, announcing plans for a enterprise-focused relaunch.

Subsequently, Google narrowed in on modularized applications for the enterprise wearables spanning various industries. The goggles could be used for training insurance adjusters and food workers learning to cook and use equipment. Walmart even employs the wearables for educating store associates on new technologies, soft skills and compliance.

GE was an early adopter of the updated model, highlighting that the wearables reduced assembly errors and improved mechanical efficiency.

After Google partnered with Smith Optics, the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 has been made for manufacturing and maintenance work, as they are designed with “Glass-compatible safety frames”.

To date almost 90% of tech executives, investors and consultants believe extended reality technologies will eventually become as common as smartphones.

Yet, the adoption of VR solutions is inhibited by bulky hardware and technical glitches for more than one-quarter of tech professionals.

Other tech companies offering wearables VR solutions, like Microsoft’s HoloLens, have yet to claim a strong place in the enterprise.

However, it would appear compact versions of VR training tools, like Google Glass, is where companies want to focus.

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Sinead Donnelly


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