Google Glass Not Dead: New Enterprise Version Coming Soon

google-glass-is-not-dead-enterprise-editionAs it turns out, the near future at least is not going to be sidewalks peppered with folks wearing smart headsets that can access information about the buildings and people around them.

No, Google Glass did not change the world quite the way people thought it might. There were a lot of social issues in adoption, and then there was the problem of the camera – the fact that it wouldn’t be very useful without such a camera. Things just didn’t pan out for Google Glass.

However, plenty of enterprise and government applications exist for smart glasses, and according to a Google watching organization, Google is presently hard at work developing an upgraded version of its Glass product. This version will not be aimed at everyday consumers who will have to worry about what others think or have other considerations to make. This version will instead focus on the things the technology could truly aid in, such as precision skilled labor, warehouse work, military applications, and more.

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The upgraded edition will reportedly sport extended battery connection, a crucial problem the older model faced. It will also have a faster Intel CPU and a larger display port on the inner side of the lens, making it easier to monitor the data being presented. The new CPU is also supposed to improve the battery life of the standard battery, but all of these new features would be dependent on the reality of the new device. However, the Wall Street Journal did also report on this new model being developed in 2014.

There are many possible uses for this technology, notably in terms of accident prevention and insurance claims. In high-danger jobs, if all employees are wearing some modified version of Google Glass, and something goes wrong, it will be much easier to determine what has happened, and to plan for similar cases in the future. Conceivably, many normal work flow processes could also be improved, such as workers who are dealing with data from many different streams at once. These people would be able to save time by accessing the data much more quickly with their new headset.

Many technologies that serve no purpose to consumers still find life in the business market. The computer itself was once seen as an impractical appliance for home users, but then the personal computer came along. Fax machines were (and sometimes, are) used in business settings long after newer technologies had come along to replace their functionality, and dial-up networking is still in use many places. So even if the future does not hold a populace looking like cyborgs with digital devices attached to their faces, the technology that could have enabled that could still find a mainstream use in enterprise environments.

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