Google Glass ‘Enterprise Edition’ possibly next: Reports

Google has been at work, and although the Google Glass Explorer Edition has been discontinued, the next Glass could well be the Enterprise Edition.


Earlier this year, Google announced it was halting the sale of Google Glass Explorer Edition. Many were even speculating if the Google Glass were dead. Turns out, Google has been at work, and although the Google Glass Explorer Edition has been discontinued, the next Glass could well be the Enterprise Edition.

According to a report in 9to5Google, “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”).

The report adds, “The device named “GG1″ that passed through the FCC seems very likely to be this new hardware—or at least some version of it—and it makes complete sense. Almost all of the Glass at Work startups have focused on the video streaming aspect of the device and have invested millions in software built around it. And in the workplace, this is where Google Glass has been discovered to be most useful. Amped up WiFi capabilities with ac WiFi and 5 GHz support, as well as Bluetooth LE, make sense for video streaming—and Glass startups are more than happy to take advantage of this.”

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Google Glass has a wide range of applications, across a wide range of industries. “Google Glass is an exciting technology, attracting global interest from multiple industries, professions and individuals,” said surgeon Lorne K Rosenfield from the Stanford University.

Rosenfield performed the first plastic surgery procedure with Glass – an eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) performed in combination with a facelift procedure. This experience illustrated some challenges for future refinement, including the limited resolution of the video camera, technical difficulties in streaming and the need for the surgeon to keep the head in a fixed position.

It's interesting that the Google Glass Enterprise Edition isn't just a version upgrade, but involves newer hardware.

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