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Google Glass is Back and is Coming for the Enterprise

Although the Google Glass project was seemingly killed off 2 years ago, it recently made the news again. Alphabet X, a Google subsidiary designed to foster innovation, has revealed a new edition of the Google glasses. This time, the glasses aren’t targeted towards traditional consumers, but are instead designed to help enterprises. After initial tests with the Google Glass project a few years ago, Google discovered that the product was more helpful in the enterprise space than for consumers wanting to check their email. The new version of the glasses specifically targets the needs of businesses.

In limited tests with GE, DHL, and a few other companies, Google was able to reduce manufacturing times by up to 25%. DHL saw efficiency increases of 15% on their supply chains. Healthcare professionals also reported benefits of reduced paperwork times, with Google Glass recording their conversations and automatically documenting patient notes. This allowed doctors to have 50% more face-to-face time with patients.

New design improvements made to the Glass also make them better suited to enterprise customers. Longer battery lives and a lighter frame make them perfect for long-term wear and in rigorous work environments where they’ll be exposed to debris and sweat. A new Atom processor inside the lenses will also provide power to a larger display.

As an example of one of the improvements made to Google Glass, DHL had a custom software solution installed that would help factory workers see where to place packages on carts to be delivered. The glasses make recommendations in real-time, saving workers time and saving space on delivery carts.

GE is also using custom software to help workers see where to weld, solder, or install components during manufacturing. This helps save time by not having workers looking down at complex diagrams each time they need instructions.

What was once a fashion accessory has morphed into a very helpful enterprise solution. Prices and release dates have not been revealed.

The New Google Glass Makes Work Efficient

The Google Glass is back: this time, targeting businesses.

Alphabet X, a branch of the Google conglomerate, has officially introduced the Glass Enterprise Edition. Despite the public’s ultimately negative reaction to the invasiveness and bugginess of the 2015 Google Glass, Alphabet discovered that the product helped workers increase their productivity.

When Google stopped sales of the original Glass in 2015, they assured users that “the journey doesn’t end here”. And it truly didn’t, as the company continued to send the Glass Explorers Edition to several American companies including GE, AGCO, and DHL.

At AGCO, Glass helped cut back production times by 25%, and at DHL, it improved efficiency by 15%. Medical workers also swear by Glass, which immensely lessens their paperwork and gives them more time with patients.

Discovering this, developers at Alphabet X strived to create the Glass Enterprise Edition, a more comfortable and durable version of the product. The new Glass is equipped with a faster Atom processor, larger display area, and foldable form. It also has a longer battery life than its predecessor, according to Alphabet X’s Jay Kothari.

Doctors, factory workers, and managers now wear the Glass to improve their work days– a far cry from the trendy product that Diane von Furstenberg and Sergey Brin wore to fashion week.

Glass also features apps that maximize its potential for businesses; for example, GE utilizes an app from Upskill that gives workers visual instructions so that they automatically know what they have to do next. Healthcare workers can fully listen to their patients while their notes are transcribed by an Augmetix app.

Will Glass go on sale to the public again? Maybe someday. But for now, the Enterprise Edition seems to be thriving. According to Alphabet, it is available through “our network of expert partners”.