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.

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.

New Google Glass patent reveals a design consistent with 2.0 rumors

Me, writing for 9to5Google:

Sources familiar with at least one next-gen Google Glass prototype have told us that there was a version of the device being tested earlier this year that folds and looks a lot like a regular pair of glasses. While we’re not confident that this is the version or design of Google Glass that the company is moving forward with for the retail product, the above patent published yesterday, numbered D727,317, seems to depict a device that would fall pretty well in line with that description.

This is exciting. Sounds a lot like a device that I’ve heard about.

Google patent revealing more robust Glass eye-tracking surfaces

Myself, writing for 9to5Google:

The patent details three different “paths”. The first is the display path, which demonstrates how the eye will see what is being projected (like the Google Glass display), the second is the ambient path, which shows from where the ambient (background) light comes from, and the last is the built-in eye-tracking. As you can see detailed above, the eye-tracking path comes from a camera that’s embedded in the device itself (124), and uses the reflective prisms—the same reflective prisms that are used to show the display—to take a photo of the eye.

It’s going to be interesting if we get full-fledged eye-tracking with Glass 2.0. Wearable heads-up display tech really needs this.

Google Glass unit continues to stir as business operations head Chris O’Neill likely planning departure

Earlier this year 9to5Google wrote that several notable engineers on the Google Glass project had rotated to work elsewhere in Google, but today we have word of yet another shakeup—this time suggesting that some even bigger changes are in the making. Sources familiar with the situation have informed us that Chris O’Neill, the former Managing Director of Google Canada and current head of Google Glass business operations, is likely planning to make a move away from the smartglass unit… Continue reading “Google Glass unit continues to stir as business operations head Chris O’Neill likely planning departure”

Back to the Basics: MyGlass for Android and iOS

Upon setting up Google Glass, if you want to receive text messages and phone calls you need to connect your smartphone to Glass through the companion app MyGlass. Google Glass only used to work with Android, however since December last year it now works with iOS with a few limitations however. In this post we will give you the basics to setting up Glass on both Android and iOS along with some things you should know about both of them. If you picked up Glass from one of the three Basecamps located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City you will have already been trained on how to set up MyGlass. However if you received Glass through the mail and didn’t have a Glass Guide help you, this setup process may teach you a few things.
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KitKat for Glass coming later this week

KitKat for Google Glass has been officially announced, and it’s coming later this week. Included in this update are various under-the-hood changes, as well as user-facing features and enhancements. The update is officially XE16, and is based on Android 4.4. Continue reading “KitKat for Glass coming later this week”