Originally aimed mainly at consumers, the new version of the optical head-mounted display - called "Glass Enterprise Edition," or simply "Glass" - is targeted at workplace applications. According to Google's X R&D innovation lab, which has been developing the smart glasses, as part of a pilot program more than 50 businesses - including GE, AGCO, DHL, Boeing, and Volkswagen - are now using them to improve productivity.
"Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy," says Jay Kothari, Project Lead, Glass. "That's why we've spent the last two years working closely with a network of more than 30 expert partners to build customized software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields"
The new Glass has been improved to be more comfortable and lightweight for longer-term wear. In addition, its battery-life has been increased, along with other performance improvements.
According to TechCrunch, the new Glass design also decouples the Glass module from the frame, which will allow third-party partners to attach it to any frame. In addition, it can be connected to other devices - such as a barcode scanner or keyboard - for easier input.
In the announcement of the new Glass , the company says that based on the positive feedback it has received so far about the revamped device, it is now making the Glass Enterprise Edition available to more businesses through its network of Glass Partners . According to reports, prices for Glass will vary depending on end-use application.
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