First look at Google Glass 2.0
Google’s head mounted display appropriately called Google Glass never did quite make it to store shelves as originally planned. Instead, Google shut down its Glass Explorer program in favor of taking the technology in a new direction, and we now have our first glimpse of what’s in store for Google Glass 2.0.
The folks at 9To5Google have been closely following the Google Glass project since its inception and they recently spotted an FCC filing for the newest version of the headset, which Google is calling Enterprise Edition.
It doesn’t look all that different from the Explorer Edition, though it sports some hardware upgrades and is foldable, the latter of which addresses an oft-requested feature.
While still a work in progress, the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass sports an Atom processor, better battery life, improved wireless performance with the addition of a 5GHz Wi-Fi band, better heat management, and faster overall performance.
Some of the tweaks to the design are subtle but welcome. One of them includes the relocation of the power button from inside the back of the headset. There’s also an LED that comes on when the camera is being used, which should help address privacy concerns. It’s also said to be waterproof.
9To5Google says the Enterprise Edition glasses will only be made available through Glass for Work startups, which will be able to load their own proprietary software before distributing them to employees. It doesn’t appear that Google has any plans of bringing the new glasses to home consumers.