Google has finally acknowledged the existence of the Google Glass Enterprise Edition – an improved version of the wearable with a focus on the workplace.
It has been used by several large companies for two years now. This includes Boeing, Volkswagen, GE and DHL among others. All of them report an increase in productivity for workers using Google Glass Enterprise Edition.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition Features
Compared to the ill-fated first version of Google Glass, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition has better features and design.
It now has a faster processor, better Wi-Fi reception, longer lasting battery and an 8.0 Megapixel camera with a red LED indicator when it’s shooting a video. It can also be hooked up to a prescription glass and safety googles.
Lastly, it looks way better. Frame makers like Ray Ban and Warby Parker are also expected to release their designs.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition in the Workplace
When Google Glass first came out, some companies saw its potential as a tool for their workers. Google eventually noticed that the workplace is a better market for Glass compared to the general public.
Workers can view detailed instructions, schematics and manuals within their line of sight using the device. This eliminates the need to run to a PC or carry heavy books while assembling machine parts.
AGCO, a manufacturer of agricultural machines reported a 25% decrease in production time of assemblies. Augmedix also reported up to 2 hours saved by having an assistant take notes instead of the doctor by viewing the consultation through Google Glass.
Price and Availability
The Google Glass Enterprise Edition has a price range from $1300 to $1500. It’s only available through what Google calls Glass Partners. These companies will provide all the support for the product.
However, only companies can buy the device. Most of these require their employees to leave the Google Glass Enterprise Edition when they leave the workplace.
There’s no update yet on the consumer version of Google Glass.