Google Glass is not dead. It continues to live on in the form of the Enterprise Edition (EE), which at the moment is underneath the umbrella of Project Aura. Reportedly, the EE will bring in a carousel of noteworthy enhancements.
It was not too long ago when the Mountain View-based company killed off the Google Glass' social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram and Google+, after two years of #throughGlass posts.
This doesn't signify, though, that plans for Google Glass are finished – rather, it just shows that the firm is taking one more step away from its consumer Glass endeavors. In fact, 9to5Google, citing sources “familiar with the matter” reports that Glass: Enterprise Edition is only just now starting to see wider adoption.
Towards the end of last month, Google showed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) images of the Enterprise Edition, signalling that it will eventually allow its Glass EE to come to light.
The Explorer Edition was panned by critics due to concerns about privacy, but Google insists the Enterprise Edition will be different.
Ian Shakil, chief executive and cofounder of Augmedix (one of the certified partners of Google Glass at Work), hinted that the wearable will arrive with a more modernized CPU, beefed up networking capacity and improved thermal changes. The original edition ran on only 2 GHz.
“Those are the things that we get excited about,” Shakil told InformationWeek in an interview.
InformationWeek also reports that Augmedix takes advantage of the Google Glass in the healthcare arena. In particular, physicians put on the device when treating their patients. A scribe streams the video and audio remotely from the Glass while keying in the data into the health records of the patient. The physician will then evaluate the details captured.
In the meantime, earlier rumors suggest that the Enterprise Edition will be fitted with an Intel Atom processor, waterproof build and a new charging port.
Additionally, Shakil said that one doctor who uses the device asked if he could call up his wife through it or if perhaps he could use it if he'd go skiing.
“I told him he can’t do those things now, but over time, we may want to surface more consumer features,” he said.