Google Glass returns after two years (but just in the workplace)

Google Glass put on hold in 2015 is now back for a limited program with business applications

Right now, it's only available through Glass Partners, companies which work with Google to custom-build versions of the headset for customers. Google has customised glass for workers in industries like manufacturing, logistics, field services and healthcare. After two years in development, Glass Enterprise Edition is now available to businesses through a network of partners. The device now has a longer battery life of up to eight hours on a single charge, compared to the five-hour life span of the original.

Google Glass, like many great inventions, has hit a few bumps along the road: Key team members departed, popular apps dropped support, early editions were dubious, and a full product launch never transpired. Glass has reduced machinery production time by 25 percent and inspection times by 30 percent at AGCO.

Following General Electric's lead, more than 50 companies-including AGCO, DHL, Dignity Health, NSF International, Sutter Health, The Boeing Company, and Volkswagen-have adopted Glass in the workplace.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition (EE) also bring a new Glass Pod design that's modular and can be attached to compatible frames with requisite hinge for attachment. Hit the link for more details.

Google is relying on the channel to make a success of the second iteration of its Glass augmented reality headset - aiming the device at enteprise customers via expert partners.

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Mr Kothari says that "the Glass product team is back at X, and we'll be collaborating with the Google Cloud team" and where they are working to help companies "give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free".

The reboot comes from X, the "moonshot" branch of Google's parent company, Alphabet. Perhaps that had something to do with the flamboyant way in which Sergey Brin introduced the product back in 2012 at Google I/O and how that set expectations in the market.

Developers had doubted the future of Google Glass before but we knew that this project has potential.

In Samsung's case, employees pulling items at its global parts center warehouse were 22% faster when using Glass.

Gizmodo also says medical professionals have also streamlined their work as the glasses reduce the need for paperwork by around 20 per cent, giving them "much more time with their patients".

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