Despite killing it off a year ago, Google Inc. has unveiled a new version of its Glass wearable computer, aimed squarely at enterprise businesses such as healthcare and manufacturing.
A brand new model of Google’s face computer has leaked online and firstly appeared on the FCC website.
“The pictures show a Google Glass unit with the FCCID “A4R-GG1″ that looks a lot like the existing Glass design. The biggest change seems to be that the device can now fold up, just like a regular pair of glasses, which will make it much easier to store when you aren’t wearing it. The Glass prism looks longer than the first version of the device, which presumably offers a larger picture,” ArsTechnica describes the pics.
“In general, the case looks smoother and rounder than the previous version of Google Glass. The “Glass” part also seems to be completely independent of the glasses that hold it on your face—the FCC never shows a wearable version with a second side.”
“The device has a more robust build, and has a hinge that allows it to fold and is built to withstand bumps and bruises in the workplace,” said 9to5Google.
“Glass for Work partners will likely be loading their proprietary software onto device before they’re even distributed, and at this point it’s not likely that Google will be selling this device to consumers in any capacity.”
Still, despite the fact that the leaked images are finally live on the FCC website, the world’s biggest searching engine has yet to formally announce the Enterprise Edition of Glass.
It is believed Google is experimenting with three new versions of its ill-fated Glass wearable computer – one on which dumps the screen.
Codenamed Project Aura, the gadget will instead use a ‘bone conduction’ speaker to tell users key information, and is likely to be aimed at athletes
A second version, aimed at corporate customers, will include a screen, according to The Information.
“We’ve learned that Google’s revamped Google Glass project, dubbed Project Aura, is working on a wearable with a screen—and at least one without,” Jessica Lessin, the founder of the site, claims.
“People tell us there have been three versions of the head-mounted device in development, although the three may be consolidated into two.”
Apart from claiming it was committed to working on the future of the product, Google gave no timescale for the launch of an improved device.
The previous headset was launched in a beta version under the firm’s Explorer programme.
This programme gave software developers the chance to buy Glass for $1,500 (£990), and was launched in the US in 2013 and in the UK in last summer.
“It’s hard to believe Glass started as little more than a scuba mask attached to a laptop,” the Glass team said in a post on Google+ last month. “We kept on it, and when it started to come together, we began the Glass Explorer Program as a kind of ‘open beta’ to hear what people had to say.”
“Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.”