Google have brought back the face-mounted camera, Google Glass, two years after it appeared to have, well, disappeared.
The original Google Glass was launched to much fanfare although it wasn’t very well received with people complaining about being filmed without their permission.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company have announced via Medium that it is working on the Google Glass Enterprise Edition that will soon be available, although which will be predominenlty an enterprise based product.
“Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy,” explained Jay Kothari, the leader of the project.
“That’s why we’ve spent the last two years working closely with a network of more than 30 expert partners to build customised software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields.”
The original Glass was known as the “Explorer Edition” and required users to sign up to a program and contribute to the products development.
The new glasses are expected to come with a far faster processor, longer battery life and perhaps most importantly, a better camera.
It appears that attitudes have changed towards these types of camera with Snapchat launching Snapchat Spectacles and Microsoft working on HoloLens whilst even Apple are developing something similar of their own.
Google are pinning a lot of their hopes on how the Glass can be used in the workplace.
“By reducing the amount of back and forth workers have to do accessing checklists, viewing instruction manuals or sending photos from tablets or laptops as they assemble machines, Glass has reduced machinery production time by 25 percent and inspection times by 30 percent,” writes Kothari.
“Together, we’re looking forward to seeing more businesses give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free.”