The Google Glass Explorer Edition is a futuristic piece of technology that bashed down societal comfort barriers and was a leader in initiating the wearable technology conversation. While it looked like science fiction, it’s functionality, while certainly progressive in application, was not particularly impressive. The gadget was fragile, the battery life was abysmal, and when you went out in public you were instantly labeled a ‘glasshole’. The new Google Glass Enterprise Edition of the device attempts to appeal the business owner and commercial market for use in more practical applications. Google isn’t just doing this through marketing though, and they have added some small, but quite functional and welcome features to the Enterprise Edition of Glass.
The biggest change is that Glass now hinges on both sides like a pair of normal glasses providing a much improved method of storing the device. You can imagine this being useful on a construction site, or manufacturing warehouse where they might be kept in a shirt pocket or the back pocket of some jeans. This is a significant change from the massive cases required to carry and store the Explorer Edition, one from GCAse found below.
9to5Google reports that the Enterprise Edition has notable internal upgrades.
Enterprise Edition [is believed to] include
sa larger prism display for a better viewing experience, an Intel Atom processor that brings better performance, moderately improved battery life, and better heat management.
The Enterprise Edition will also include a WiFi antenna, so no tethering device will be necessary, on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands. A more robust electronics housing and a generally more suitable and utilitarian design meant for the work place will make the Enterprise Edition more suitable for rugged environments.
In my opinion, the largest limiting factor in the usefulness of Glass in a workplace setting, and in general usage, is its battery life. What do you think? Could see a Glass Enterprise Edition being using commercially? What applications would it be the most useful? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!Source: 9to5Google
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