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Google Glass is coming back, but will stay in a business-oriented sandbox this time

A design schematic for the new Google Glass. (Source: FCC)
A design schematic for the new Google Glass. (Source: FCC)
Google Glass was the search giant's first attempt at smart glasses, and could clip onto transparent spectacles to deliver info and shots from its camera via an eyeball-level LED. It was not a popular release, not least because of its ultra-high price tag. Nevertheless, Google is developing second-gen Glass, which is to target corporations rather than consumers.

Google Glass may have been one of the company's most famous and expensive fails. It comprised a bulky plastic chassis for head-mounted hardware, which incorporated an LED that could beam information directly onto the user's eye. Google Glass may have been perceived as undesirable mainly because of its price tag, which was around US$1500 at launch, and also possibly because of its camera that could capture whatever the wearer was looking at.

Google Glass proved so wildly unpopular that it in fact ended up in a Swedish Museum of Failure. Google discontinued the product in 2015 and has not mention a successor since. However, it now appears that the second generation of Glass is now a thing. A device named 'Glass Enterprise Edition 2' has passed through the FCC's testing. This new product has modern-day WiFi and Bluetooth standards, but lacks 4G.

However, those worried about seeing Glass on the streets again can put their minds at ease. Google is distinctly aiming Glass 2 at businesses, providing (for example) engineers or logistics workers with heads-up displays that show stock or schematic data to compare with what's actually in front of them. This professional version of Glass is said to be available from 2019.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-11-14 (Update: 2018-11-14)