Google Glass is back, and it's headed to the enterprise
Google Glass is back, and it's headed to the enterprise
Glass has been reinvented for business
18 July, 2017, 18:27
While we weren't exactly sure why at the time, it may have something to do with the Glass Enterprise Edition that Alphabet's experimental X subsidiary (formerly Google [x]) has been busy working on for the last two years. They have worked with the likes of GE mechanics and custom software to help them assemble and fix airplane engines using Glass.
We heard about the Enterprise Edition back in July 2015, half a year after Google discontinued the commercially-available Explorer Edition, and since that time the search giant says that it has tested the headset as part of a limited program open to select businesses.
Companies have mentioned that they have in fact found the Glass effective with AGCO managing to reduce production times by 25 percent, DHL increased supply chain efficiency 15 percent, paperwork loads for healthcare professionals diminished by nearly 20 percent and more. And honestly, this is probably where Glass should have always been positioned, not as the "eye douche" fashion wearable for socially awkward, detached Silicon Valley elites and Android nerds who attend Google I/O (Seriously I/O guy, stop wearing Glass to I/O - we see you). Other companies already using Glass include DHL, Dignity Health, and Sutter Health.
Don't count on the Glass Enterprise Edition to go on sale anytime soon.
Following successful experiments in various business establishments, a network of Google Glass partners is now organized to build "custom end-to-end solutions" fitting your "exact business needs".
"We have also made improvements to the design and hardware so that it's lightweight and comfortable for long term wear".
Workers at AGCO, an agricultural machinery manufacturer in Jackson, Minnesota, are using Glass Enterprise Edition. For DHL, it has allowed it to increase the efficiency of its supply chain, as workers get real-time instructions on where to place items in warehouses.
The X team has also worked with healthcare professionals to make Glass useful for the profession.
The major upgrades between the original Glass and the enterprise version are a better camera (with resolution upgraded from 5 megapixels to 8), extended battery life, faster Wi-Fi and processor, and a new red light that turns on when recording video.
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