Report: Google’s second-gen Glass headset is being aimed exclusively at businesses

by: Jimmy WestenbergJuly 30, 2015
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We may have heard some rumors about Google’s second-generation Glass headset coming with a larger prism display, a higher performance Intel Atom processor and moderately improved battery life, though we may not be able to get our hands on it anytime soon. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is quietly pitching the new headset exclusively to businesses. And more specifically, the sources claim, the next-gen headset is aimed at businesses in industries such as healthcare, energy and manufacturing.

Instead of launching this new version of Glass to consumers, the company is supposedly distributing the new model to software developers so they can create programs to be used in business settings. Google also plans for businesses to be using these new models sometime this fall.

Moreover, the report claims that the new Glass, while sporting a curved-rectangle shape that’s similar to the first-gen headset, will not include a wire-like frame this time around. Alternatively, it will feature a “button-and-hinge system” that allows the mini-computer to be easily attached to different glasses. The new model will also have a faster Intel processor, improved battery life by up to two hours, as well as improved wireless connectivity, the report said. In addition, the cube-like glass prism will have the ability to move vertically and horizontally, rather than just horizontally.

The report goes on to say that Google is remaining committed to the technology and has plans to release another consumer version, though we might not see that consumer-ready product until at least a year from now.

  • V-Phuc

    Not sure why Google can’t understand that most people don’t want to own a device like this, or want people around them have one! As for the pitch for healthcare, I heard that before. Let’s just say I’d feel quite uncomfortable as a patient who will undergo a major surgery to know that my surgeons will wear Glass while operating on me. Jeez, they’re making mistakes now not having nothing in front of their eyes but me, imagine what will happen when they try to squint to read whatever is displayed on their Glass. LOL =)

    • John Doe

      Ya that would be funny .. Ok Google, txt my wife that I will be late due to a patient bleeding out on my table !! and show me
      picks of my GF from last night … lmao

      • V-Phuc

        LOL. Really funny. No, on second thought, not funny for the bleeding-to-death patient!

    • retrospooty

      You seem to be thinking of all the”cant” and ignoring the “can”. For training, even surgical, it is an amazing tool. Imagine the #1 surgeon in the world filming his triple bypass, and now your surgeon (not the best) can see how the best does it from that surgeons POV. Now think “how to change my alternator on a 2012 Maxima”. How to make perfect Jambalaya. How to [insert just about anything] and have it right there slightly off your field of view instead of looking way away at a laptop screen teetering somewhere… And definitely a HUD while driving for GPS makes is MUCH safer and easier to use.

      • V-Phuc

        Not sure about your claim. Look, there’s a slew of portative cameras such as GoTo Pro, to film such things. Athletes, and all kind of people videofilm their activities and share for others to see. So far, I don’t see medicine adopt such camera-filming tech. TBH, I’d rather someone’s focus on me. Even with a sales rep constantly looking at the tablet and not once to me, I’m not sure I’ll buy whatever products they sell. There’s a good reason why etiquette still dictates we turn off cell phones (or have them vibrate) in meetings, interviews, etc. With Glass, it’s very disturbing to see your interlocuter constantly shift his/her eyes to one side. “Hey, I’m talking to you”, that’s what I want to shout if that happens to me. Just my opinion.

        • retrospooty

          Again, you are totally missing what its all about and what it holds for the future. Glass isn’t something a consumer would buy at a Walmart put on their face and wear 24/7 or something a clerk should use while dealing with a customer. It is a fantastic HUD based tech that will be used in many MANY specific purposes. You keep thinking like a consumer and ignoring the entire rest of the planet’s needs outside your own.

          And yes, it is already being used by medical pro’s.http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/28/4668822/osu-knee-surgery-livestreamed-over-google-glass

          http://www.androidcentral.com/google-glass-heads-surgical-suite-next-generation-doctors

          http://news.uci.edu/press-releases/uci-school-of-medicine-first-to-integrate-google-glass-into-curriculum/

          Have you even seen one or read how it works? FFS, its a HUD, not VR goggles… Think a small display on the edge of your screen like in a first person shooter. The tech will be everywhere in a decade from Motorcycle helmets to training on pretty much anything, to medical uses and much much more. The purpose of a HUD is to have the info there when you need it without having to look away at a screen or a manual or whatever.

          Pry that mind open son!

          • V-Phuc

            OK. Well, if I’m missing the purpose of this device then apparently, I’m not the only one. Otherwise it would have flown off the shelves, the way smartphones do. Let’s just wait and see if the 2nd generation will do better.
            Since you referred to UCI and Glass, I was there and here what I pulled up for you. Read the comments. Far from unanimous and all-in!!!

            http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/14/uc-irvine-med-school-google-glass/

            Also keep in mind, only 1 school (UCI), not the whole slew. Also, UCI is not the wealthiest either. You would think that Harvard, Yale, Penn U with more money and more prestige will be first. Doesn’t that tell you something about the “usefulness” of the revolutionary Glass?!!! 1 on the Glass bandwagon, kinda of lonely, no?!!! LOL. You own 1 BTW?

          • retrospooty

            Beta. Again BETA. It’s developing tech for its future potential and yes that is the part that you weren’t getting and a lot of people aren’t getting. It’s as if you guys are looking at the Wright brothers first airplane saying “I can’t fly this across the country”. Soooo short sighted. CPU and battery tech alone needs a few more years before its viable for consumer product that lasts more than a few hours. When the hardware is ready the software will be too

          • V-Phuc

            You missed the point, son! If that device is helpful, other med schools more prestigious and more cash would have already jumped on the bandwagon (read my comment above). You don’t think they know what publicity coup means in revenue for them?!!! Where is UCI ranked in the US med schools list? Not even the top 20! You’re so gullible, swallowing all the BS tech specs out there. Think of it for a second. Beta?!!! Really, if the 1st Glass gen device had been very popular, Google would have manufactured it enough to put “on the shelves” so to speak. Never happened. No one cares, only a few tech nerds or gullible people did. The guy who first ran it resigned. Don’t believe his BS about moving to a better opportunity, bla bla bla. He was gonna get fired soon since that thing never flew off. That’s the rule of business. Google persists with this Glass the same way as Microsoft persisted with their Windows Phone. What happens to that phone now? Dead in the water. But hey, it’s your money, spend ~1.5K on it. I don’t care and no one cares. Google would have been out the “Beta” mode if more people cared and bought and more developers jumped in, but guess what, barely no one did. Stop being condescending calling everyone “son” while you don’t even know what reality is. So gullible! I’m done explaining it to you, SON.

          • retrospooty

            Lol. Ok, I give. Your mind is sealed shut and you dont seem to get it or understand whats going on with it or the tech behind it. Wait a decade or so, this tech will be everywhere.

  • John Doe

    I just want what the glass videos promos showed to use 2yrs ago .. If I have to wait another year for this to actually become a reality, so be it!!

  • Cody Custis

    Google Glass makes some people irrationally uncomfortable, but it’s no more an invasion of privacy than the ubiquitous cellphone.
    In the end, being filmed is rather harmless. I’d rather be around Google Glass users than smokers, or people with poorly behaved children.