Google has revived Glass with a new focus on improving productivity and efficiency for enterprises.
Google first launched its Glass mixed reality headset in 2013 with a promise of hands free access to data on-the-go. As early experimenters with Glass (we prototyped its integration with Honeywell’s TCC smart home ecosystem) we saw its potential as a disruptive piece of technology; however, after three years in the limelight Google pulled Glass, unable to find a convincing consumer application. Fast forward four years and it appears that Glass has found its place in enterprise.
For the past few years Google has been working with the likes of Volkswagen, GE, Boeing, and Sutter Health to refine Glass for the enterprise market, and has now returned with Glass Enterprise Edition, or Glass EE. Early partners are already reporting significant impacts, with one partner cutting doctors’ paperwork demands from 33% to just 10% of their time, and doubling time spent with patients.
We prototyped a Glass integration with Honeywell's TCC smart home ecosystem.
The key attraction of Glass EE is immediate, hands free access to information for workers. Employees don’t have to turn away from a job to pull out a phone, consult a manual, or walk to a computer terminal; Glass EE streams workflows, process descriptions, training videos, technical diagrams, and more straight into an their field of vision.
Google’s Glass Partners are also reporting improved training, support, and quality assurance, as Glass EE offers the live streaming of images to remote managers and technical support staff. New workers can also be moved from classroom to on-the-job training faster.
Google has also made technical upgrades and design improvements in Glass EE. Enhanced voice activation makes for a smoother experience, while a better battery keeps the device active for the entire duration of a typical 8-hour work shift.
Glass EE can detach from its frame, allowing it to be used with safety goggles and prescription glasses. Google has also taken care to address privacy concerns, with the device now sporting LEDs indicating when the device’s camera is recording.
Google is working with partners in a wide range of industries, including healthcare.
Google’s Glass Partners are already reporting significant benefits, and we’re encouraged by the wide range of industries Google is working with - from manufacturing and utilities to hospitality and healthcare.
Mixed and augmented reality technologies have the potential to ease the technology interruptions that can have substantial impacts on employee learning, productivity, and efficacy. They are also an antidote to fears of job automation, proving that new technologies can work to empower, not replace, employees.
If you want to find out how technologies like Glass can help improve your business, get in touch today.