Me, at 9to5Google:
To further prove this morning that Google’s troubled head-mounted display device isn’t done yet, Glass for Work startup Augmedix — which deploys wearable solutions for healthcare systems and hospitals — announced that it has raised $17 million in funding from five leading healthcare systems across the U.S. And CrowdOptic has announced that it has now surpassed 10,000 Glass livestreams…
Not surprising if you’ve been following Glass. Cool to see the first on-the-record mention of “next-gen” hardware from Augmedix.
Me at 9to5Google:
Earlier this year, we told you across several exclusive reports that second-generation Glass hardware was in development, namely a variant of the device reworked with the enterprise in mind. Now, a couple months after getting our first look at FCC images of the device and later an official Google patent, we now have our first look at a unit in the wild via a new eBay listing…
People didn’t believe that this was real when I was first writing about it. Hope this is the nail in the coffin.
Well that’s that.
The Google Glass social media accounts—including Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and others—have finally been shut down after many months of continued #throughGlass postings and “Happy [insert holiday]!” images. This doesn’t come as much surprise as plans to bring Glass to the consumer market (at least by that name) have long been abandoned, but multiple people familiar with the matter say that Glass: Enterprise Edition is only just now starting to see wider adoption…
Looks like I’m off to buy AuraFans.com. Thanks for following along, everyone. It was a great ride.
According to Business Insider’s Jillian D’Onfro, Google is calling its revamped Glass “Project Aura”…
Google is working on a new wearable technology effort known as Project Aura and is hiring consumer electronics experts from Amazon’s secretive Lab126 to jump-start the new group.
Project Aura appears to have gotten started in June and is focused on reviving Google’s troubled Glass computer eyeglasses, as well as accelerating Google’s efforts to develop related wearable technology.
As I reported previously, Google is hard at work on the next consumer-facing Glass-like product. I heard from a little birdie that Google wanted to move away from the “Glass” moniker for the next release, and this pretty much confirms it.
If you’ve been following a lot of my reporting lately, you know that Google is planning to bring the next major hardware revision of Google Glass to the enterprise. From what I’ve heard from multiple people, it’s going to be a pretty nice incremental improvement over the Explorer Edition we all know and love (or hate, now that it’s basically useless and has no developer support)…
But while Google said in February of 2013 that it was hoping to bring Glass to retail by the end of that calendar year, it did no such thing. In fact, later that year the company also went on to claim that Glass would come to consumers in 2014 (which it never did). People eventually gave up on the device, calling it “dead,” assuming it got the same treatment countless other Google products have.
But that’s just simply not what happened. Google started retooling Glass for the workplace at some point in the latter part of 2014, and has been working on bringing that device to the enterprise since. It’s being called Enterprise Edition internally, and from what I’ve heard, it’s coming sooner rather than later. The WSJ reported this last year. And it’s happening.
“But what about us consumers?”… Continue reading “Hey, so what’s the word on a consumer Google Glass release?”
Me reporting for 9to5Google:
We’re familiar with multiple prototypes that are nearing the final stages of revision, and one thing is very clear: This isn’t going to be a drastic departure visually from the Explorer Edition. It has been tweaked, though, and there are at least a few differences noticeable from the outside. It folds like a regular pair of glasses, and because it’s first and foremost being built for the workplace, it has a more rugged build and appearance…
More stuff. Fun. I want one.
Myself writing for 9to5Google again:
We told you earlier this month that Google is internally referring to the next iteration of its Glass hardware as “Enterprise Edition,” and rightfully so — the Explorer Edition is long gone, and people close to Google have said that the company is planning to go full-force with its wearable computer in the workplace. But how are they going to do that? People familiar with the company’s plans have told 9to5Google that Google is currently planning to distribute the device exclusively through its certified set of Glass for Work partners…
Not surprising, but hopefully this settles one thing: It doesn’t matter what it costs, because you aren’t going to be able to buy it. No word on Explorers getting special privileges.
Myself, writing for 9to5Google:
We’ve heard about a few Enterprise Edition prototypes since the beginning of the year, but there are a couple slightly different iterations of the device that are now being more widely tested. Google is introducing a larger prism that extends further, allowing the user to more comfortably look directly up rather than feeling the need to look up and to the right. The Explorer Edition was infamous for eye strain problems after prolonged use, and this change was likely made with that in mind.
Larger prism, Intel Atom, external battery packs. The last is perhaps the most interesting. Battery packs are definitely needed for the many enterprise solutions that have been built for Glass.
Me, writing for 9to5Google (as usual):
CrowdOptic is one of the most well-established of the 10 current Glass for Work parters, and now the company is in acquisition talks. According to people familiar with the matter, the company has been in advanced discussions with a Fortune 500 firm that intends to build software applications for the upcoming iteration of enterprise-focused Google Glass hardware…
Any Fortune 500 company making apps for Glass using CrowdOptic’s well-received technology is notable for the platform. Glass isn’t dead.
Myself, reporting for 9to5Google:
As we reported earlier this year, there are many different prototypes of a future Glass hardware revision being tested within some Glass for Work startups. We’ve come to learn from people familiar with the matter that the next hardware is being referred to by Google internally as “Enterprise Edition” or “Google Glass EE” (If you remember, Explorer Edition was referred to as “Google Glass XE”)…
As a consumer, I’m bummed. As a Glass fanboy, I’m so excited.