Google Glass Enterprise Edition is now official
Like the mythical Phoenix, Google Glass has risen from the dead. Confirming that the wearable specs have a place in the business world, X, the division of Google parent Alphabet that produces "moonshot technologies," has introduced the Google Glass Enterprise Edition. The new version of Google Glass features some software changes made by X, after spending two years with its partners in the business world to improve the product. On the hardware side, the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass is lighter and is more comfortable for long term usage. In addition, the connected specs are more powerful and contain a longer lasting battery than the previous Explorer's Edition.
Officially calling Google Glass a tool for the business world makes a lot more sense than calling it a consumer product and asking Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public to shell out $1,500 for it. Besides, companies are finding real productivity savings with Google Glass. For example, at agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO, Glass has taken 25% off the time it takes to produce machinery. According to the company's Director of Business Process Improvement Peggy Gulick, "Employees are now working smarter, faster and safer because they have the information they need right in their line of sight."
Delivery firm DHL has improved supply chain efficiency by 15% as instructions about the placement on carts of certain items now comes from visual instructions over Glass. This allows workers to ditch paper directions. Not having to hold the paper orders gives users their hands back to help them speed up the entire process. And Doctors at Dignity Health can now look patients directly in the eye while recording notes using Google Glass instead of having to write them down during the consultation. The result? Improved health care for patients as Doctors now spend just 10% of each day on their notes as opposed to 33% prior to using Glass.
While Google Glass never lived up to the promise of that first promo video disseminated in 2012, it turns out that this product serves some real purpose in life other than secretly snapping photos in bars and filming bootlegged movies on the QT. Many companies knew this all along, but with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition now official, the whole world gets to see Google Glass in a different light.