Glass has become a more powerful tool with the just announced Enterprise Edition 2 and Google is keen on showcasing the handful of updates and improvements its made to the wearable technology since the last version.
While Glass was already a powerful tool for those in a varying degree of different industries from engineers to doctors to construction workers, with Enterprise Edition 2 the actual hardware is more powerful as its now equipped with a multicore CPU and a new A.I. engine thanks to the Snapdragon XR1 platform from Qualcomm.
This change in the computing hardware of the unit paves the way for a number of significant enhancements, not the least of which is the ability to use less power from the battery to operate while doing the same tasks it was doing before.
Improved power saving capabilities means that any professional who utilizes Glass Enterprise Edition 2 in their day to day routines will be able to spend more time actually completing their work since there will be less downtime while the device requires a charge to fill the battery back up.
Google has further enhanced the battery situation by implementing the use of USB Type-C for the charging port so that when the device does need to be recharged, it'll now do so faster than it did before.
Coupled with the use of less battery drain from the Snapdragon XR1 platform CPU, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 can be used for longer periods of time on a single charge which translates to more efficiency all around.
It doesn't stop at the CPU and battery savings either as the camera performance and quality have also been upgraded with an eye on improving the experience for the device's video streaming and collaboration capabilities, thanks to the camera being bumped from a 5-megapixel sensor to an 8-megapixel sensor.
Of course it's not all about internal hardware components. Google has also partnered with Smith Optics this time around to provide a more durable and safe frame option for anyone who might work in conditions that would require it. The new safety frames are geared towards industries where workers might need better protection for their eyes while completing their tasks, such as manufacturing.
While these improvements are good news for the workers who will be using the device, it's also great for Google as it could end up reeling in more customers seeking the new hardware for its upgrades, and this seems to be something that Google is planning for.
While Glass started as "Google Glass" back during its very first iteration that was announced years ago, Glass has always been developed at X, Alphabet's moonshot factory for more out there projects. Now however, the entire Glass team is being moved from X to Google as the company seeks to meet a rising demand for wearable technology in the workplace.
Glass already commands a fairly large list of partners including Samsung, General Electric, DHL, Volkswagen, Dignity Health and more across various industries from manufacturing to logistics to healthcare.
While the span of industry types may not change much, the improvements to the new hardware along with the increased demand for this type of technology in the workplace is sure to increase the number of customers, and further advance Glass' credentials as a tool to help streamline work where employees would be better served having their day be as hands-free as possible.