Update: The new Google Glass has been confirmed to be called the Google Glass Enterprise Edition. It features a larger prism glass for users to look through and a switch from an ARM processor to an Intel Atom, with sources saying that the new edition has better battery life and heat management. Google has still not set a release date for the product.
What Happened to Google Glass?
Following years of speculation about the Google Glass, many of us have been left wondering: what exactly happened to it? The idea of augmented reality is definitely appealing to consumers, but we have not heard about the product for several months now. The fact of the matter is that after hitting the shelves, Google Glass received mixed reviews and terrible sales, resulting in Google removing the product from the market in January. However, it seems that Google has not completely buried the product, and is instead looking for the product to “graduate”.
Speculation on “GG1”
Before many tech products can make it to the market, they must go through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure public safety on radio transmissions. Filed last month and make public in early July, a suspicious “A4R-GG1” from Google appears on the list, with speculation that the letters stand for “augmented reality” and “Google Glass”. Google asked the FCC to withhold much of the product details, but the product includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a non-user serviceable battery, and a display, suggesting that it’s meant to be taken around with you. The product does not contain a cellular radio, making it unlikely to be a new smartphone, and its e-label gives an aspect ratio similar to that of the Google Glass.
A New Google Glass
Although Google has not announced a timeline for the project, there have been large amounts of speculation that they have been working on the product for some time now with new chips made by Intel. “Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk,” says the Google Glass team. “Well, we still have some work to do, but we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.”
The main selling point of the hardware is how the Glass will promote mobility and personalization through augmented reality. Revolutionizing the workplace, the wearable technology will let you see customized data, whether it be industry statistics, patient analytics, personalized ads, or personal tutoring. However, at a lofty $1500, the Google Glass still needs some work before its performance matches its price.
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