Augmedix raises another $17M as it prepares to deploy “next-gen” hardware

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.

Someone is trying to sell the unannounced Google Glass Enterprise Edition on eBay

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.

I guess this site needs a new name now

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.

 

 

Google Glass ‘Enterprise Edition’ is foldable, sturdier

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.

No, you probably won’t be able to buy Google Glass: EE

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.

Enterprise Edition: New larger prism, Intel Atom CPU, optional external battery pack

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.

Fortune 500 firm interested in acquiring CrowdOptic to build apps for Glass ‘Enterprise Edition’

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.

 

The next Google Glass is internally called ‘Enterprise Edition’

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.

No ‘sacred cows’ when it comes to Glass redesign, says Fadell

According to a report from the Financial Times, (via 9to5Google):

While it was assumed that this would mean that Google was giving the project a restart (and, in fact, Google confirmed this to be the case during its Q4 earnings call), Tony Fadell has recently came out publicly to reiterate this point…

Tony is giving Glass a reboot, as we already knew, and that’s a big deal. Really important. And it will be exciting to see what this product guy brings to the table (when he manages to release a product).