Google Glass hasn’t exactly taken off as a consumer device. Google introduced its wearable face computer a few years ago, charged people $1500 for the opportunity to beta test the device, and killed off the Explorer program for early adopters earlier this year.
But the Google Glass project isn’t dead… it’s just shifting focus.
According to 9to5Google, the next version of Google Glass is on the way, and it’s an “Enterprise Edition” device.
Glass hasn’t gained much headway as a consumer device: people react funny to folks wearing screens and cameras tapped to their faces. But it’s found some success in some professional settings, where it allows users to get hands-free information while performing surgeries, working with heavy equipment, or performing other activities where a head-up display might be more socially acceptable than it would be in a movie theater or on a date.
So Google seems to be focusing on developing new hardware aimed at those enterprise users. But folks who are hoping the technology eventually trickles down to consumer-oriented devices might be heartened to know that Google is reportedly working to fix some of the shortcomings of the original Google Glass units.
Sources tell 9to5Google the Enterprise Edition hardware will replace the aging TI OMAP processor with an Intel Atom chip which should offer better performance and slightly better battery life.
The new model also reportedly has a wider prism display that makes it easier to glance up to see information instead of glancing up and to the right to look at a smaller display area.