Google Glass ain't dead yet. The assisted-reality glasses look set to get another edition, five years after the first pair debuted, according to a new filing with the FCC.
Now before you get too excited (does anyone still get excited about Glass?), remember that Google put the consumer Google Glass out to pasture last year, shifting its focus to the Google Glass Enterprise Edition for businesses.
The new glasses, which just got certified by the FCC - spotted by MySmartPrice - are named Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 in the filing. The filing doesn't reveal much else beyond a sketch of the new glasses which looks... like another Google Glass.
We do know it will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and we expect Google will have upgraded some of the components. The last version came with an 8MP camera - maybe Google will fit the new one with something better. According to 9To5Google's sources, we're looking at a minor spec bump. They also claim we'll see the new specs in 2019.
It's difficult to get hard numbers on how many businesses are actually using Google Glass, especially as many took out the glasses on a trial basis. But clearly Google sees a future here, and we get it; more and more, we're seeing augmented reality and virtual reality companies focus on enterprise simply because this is where the money is right now.
Take HTC, which just announced the Vive Focus as an enterprise headset, to the surprise of many. As HTC Vive's general manager Daniel O'Brien told us, enterprise is a much more sensible place for HTC to play right now.
And look at the biggest AR companies playing in this space: Vuzix has been building wearable AR displays for years, but entirely within enterprise and military. Consumer AR just isn't good enough to be a viable business - yet.
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