The new and improved Google Glass has arrived at our studios, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.
When Google released Glass for the first time in 2013, our team loved the concept and were excited for the opportunities the augmented reality headset presented to many of our enterprise clients. We started working with the device as soon as we could, developing prototype integrations for clients like Honeywell.
In 2015 Google pulled Glass from sale; its consumer-oriented pitch had been met with scepticism and sales were poor. We were disappointed too, having initially worked on non-consumer proof of concepts we always believed that Glass offered some great use cases for enterprise more than consumer applications. So we were naturally excited when in 2017 it emerged that Google had been quietly working with selected enterprise partners to bring Glass to the workplace.
The new also Glass perfectly aligns with our emerging skills in Voice Interaction Design.
The new and improved Glass comes with voice control to allow completely hands free working, as well as the ability to livestream video content to remote managers or controllers. It is also compatible with workwear, such as 3M-designed safety glasses.
AR has come a long way in the short time that Glass has been off the market; with the release of the Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore toolkits for developing augmented reality for mobile, and the progress of mixed reality headsets from Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap. The voice-controlled Google Assistant which Glass now supports has also undergone a transformation and made its way into homes, complete with a raft of new features and better intelligence.
Since it arrived, our developers have been tinkering with Glass to test out the new features and we are already exploring concepts with some of our clients. Watch this space!
If you’d like to know more about the new version of Google Glass, what’s different about it, and its benefits; get in touch and we’d love to help you explore how AR could make an impact at your organisation.