Google is a getting a bona fide hardware division, Re/code reported Thursday. The division will house the development of Nexus devices, Chromecast streaming TV technology, consumer hardware, Google Glass and more.
Enterprises wearables are past the point of pilot projects and are now being put to real use in businesses, according to a new white paper published by research firm Tractica.
Recently, a Las Vegas air conditioning and furnace repair company sent a technician on a service call to fix a furnace. During the job, the tech had a question, so he turned on his smartglasses to get troubleshooting help from other pros, including company owner Stephen Gamst, who were back in the office. Everything was going smoothly, until it wasn't, Gamst recalled.
Google Glass can no longer be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social media site, and the Google Glass name is essentially dead, according to a discovery by 9to5Google. However, the Enterprise Edition of the Glass technology is just starting to awaken.
Google is reportedly working on three new prototypes to succeed its original Google Glass device, according to a report from The Information.
Augmented reality – or AR – platforms like HoloLens could take the place of desktops in a work environment, according to the latest information from research firm Tractica.
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."