Google Glass may not be remembered as Alphabet’s most successful Moonshot project as it was out of the public eye for two years and supposedly kept on hold. However, it turns out, the project was very much alive, albeit, in the very different enterprise sector.
That’s where Glass has continued to prosper and the latest outcome of that partnership is the Glass Enterprise Edition (EE).
The biggest change is in its design itself. Gone is the quirky, outstanding frame of the original Glass in favor of a detachable module, which can apparently work with any eyewear.
The glass prism is also larger, while the module is foldable. The design is made lighter and more comfortable, too. Internally, the processor has been swapped for a more powerful Atom one. The camera resolution has been bumped to 8-megapixels, followed by an LED which is turned on alongside recording. Improvements to wireless connectivity (better Wi-Fi) and battery life (up to 8 hours) mean that the new Glass edition is better than its predecessor in pretty much every way.
Scaling Production and Reducing Waste
If early indications are correct, the improvements brought by this rebirth of Glass ideology are very much real. Partnering with AGCO, Boeing, DHL and GE, Google has been able to achieve production and supply chain efficiency in double-digit figures, as well as reduce wastage. It has also helped doctors improve their schedules.
Developers are also being called onboard to help improve the app ecosystem, which can be tailor-made as per the required outcome. Within the last two years, Google has partnered with 30 such industry experts to nail any deficiencies. Officially an enterprise product, the Glass is also graduating from Alphabet’s Moonshot division.
Price Not Announced
Google hasn’t announced the pricing model for the Enterprise Edition for Glass, even though it is now looking for additional partners. It seems unlikely that we’ll see a consumer edition anytime soon, though.