News that Google Glass is alive and well makes one think of the famous quote from Mark Twain, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
Google Glass seemed to be yet another Google project that was much ballyhooed, only to find its way onto the scrap heap of failed projects from the search giant. Then an odd thing happened last month when a firmware update seemed to come out of nowhere for the Augmented Reality project leading many to wonder what was going on.
It seems that Google was preparing to reposition Glass as an enterprise product, and to that end it has launched a new informational site for ‘Glass Enterprise Edition.’ Jay Kothari, Project Lead for Glass, posted on Medium on Tuesday that the AR glasses have been being incorporated into more and more companies.
Kothari gave an example of how GE Aviation has replaced massive repair manuals with Glass leading to increased efficiency of mechanics upwards of eight to 12 percent. While GE was one of the first to find a use for Glass, he goes on to say that more than 50 businesses are now using the system including companies such as DHL, The Boeing Company, and Volkswagon to name a few.
While all has seemed quiet around Glass for the past two years, the team behind the project has been working to improve the design and battery life, making them more compatible with long-term wear.
This project has been done in isolation and Google is now working with 30 partners to design customized software for specific fields of use.
With this new information also comes the new Glass Enterprise Edition site where you can learn more about the potential uses as well as finding a partner that may be applicable to your field.
This is really more in line with what I personally saw Glass being perfect for when it launched. While it was a fun toy to play with, the potential for use case scenarios in manufacturing and the medical field is what really intrigued me. Imagine someone fairly new to a complex job, being able to see schematics in their line of sight and knowing that wire they are about to pull is the wrong one. Imagine a doctor being able to add this to their arsenal of tools.
Maybe Glass wasn’t what we needed in our everyday lives, but there is still certainly a place for it in the world.