Google may already be seeding second generation Glass to developers


Google Glass may not have lived up to what the gang in Mountain View envisioned, and the project may have “graduated” from Google X labs, one thing is certain, we have not seen the last of Glass.  Consumer interest in Glass was largely non-existent, due to a variety of factors, including (mis)perceptions of privacy, and that ever so nagging price tag. $1,500 for a Beta product is really a way of saying, “Seriously, don’t buy me unless you are truly dedicated.”

Those issues aside, rumors of a Google Glass 2 have been floating around for a bit, and while the consumer angle for Glass, and the Explorer Project are going to sit on the bench for a while, Google has continued to support business clients and enterprise level developers that are invested in Glass for whatever solution they are working on.

Now, it looks as though Google has been showing off early development models of Glass 2 to some of its business clients, part of the “Glass at Work” initiative that Google wants to continue to incubate. Compared to the Explorer Program, Google’s more nuanced approach this time around may allow it to re-engage with consumers further down the line.

Samsung Gear VR is in motion, and Microsoft HoloLens will be available later this year, but those are more focused, and arguably more consumer oriented, in form factor, and in price. Google’s focus on placing Glass in businesses first may prove to be the right way to introduce (again) the product in the mainstream.

via: BGR

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4 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm glad that Google isn't giving up on Glass. It's a great idea if they can find a proper execution for it. The tech gets closer and closer to making wearable computers a reality every time it's tried.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

They need to make it so that it's something that you attach to an existing pair of traditional glasses. I think Sony did this (though it may have been Samsung, I din't really recall) and it looked so much better and didn't stick out like a sore thumb.

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

HoloLens is more consumer orientated? The first thing they choose to show on stage was ability to 3d model and 3d print. Not to mention the office bit nor the 3d modeling for a bike bit. Seriously PA wth

4. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

i have glass. it was a good idea and worked decently. the problem was limitations that were imposed on it such as # of contacts etc. i wanted to use it at work with PDF support as a viewer but that wasnt supported. the biggest problem unfortunately was the appearance. it was hard not to be self conscious while wearing glass. i never wore it without the sunglass attachment. i did like using it for golf. it was a nice little device always in view telling me the yardage on the hole and keeping score.

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