The Google Glass Enterprise Edition is expected to be more rugged, water resistant, and foldable, making it more suitable for use in industrial settings, 9to5 Google reported.
A 90-year-old insurance company has found success in Google Glass, according to an article at Baseline. Pennsylvania-based Erie Insurance Group suited up their adjusters with the smartglasses in December 2014 and wrapped up the trial in February of this year.
With rumors heating up that the next iteration of Google's dormant Glass product line will be professionally focused, leaders in the app development space are envisioning the many enterprise use cases for the smartglasses. Appian CEO Matt Calkins sees this reported step by Google as important in the natural evolution of Glass from a sideshow to a fully interactive business workflow facilitator.
It seems that the latest push for Google Glass – which the company never truly gave up on – will focus on the workplace and professionals who would benefit from a hands-free, eye-activated computer system. Reports of unnamed sources "familiar" with the next iteration of Google Glass said the company has started referring to the project as "Enterprise Edition" or "Google Glass EE."
Wearables will become a main staple for enterprises and industrial work settings by 2020, according to a report by research firm Tractica.
Smartglasses will get their start in the enterprise, and it's crucial to find appropriate use cases in order to cement their standing in the workplace, said Atheer Labs CEO Alberto Torres in a recent interview with TechRepublic.
Appian prides itself on staying at the forefront of new technology trends, which led to the development of his company's Apple Watch app, explained Appian's Malcolm Ross. Yet he's skeptical that the Apple Watch will find strong acceptance in the enterprise.
Just when you thought the smartglass competition couldn't get more interesting, Sony now allows for pre-orders of its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition wearable. The wearable has a number of enterprise use cases, including on the factory floor, in the field fighting fires, and in the hospital monitoring vital signs.
When it comes to wearables, Google Glass has garnered the most media coverage and also the most ridicule.
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