Everybody is talking about Google Glass 2.0. To paraphrase from Lavoisier’s “Traité Élémentaire de Chimie”. “Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme.” (“Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.”)
I’m sure you’ve heard that Google Glass is dead. Believe it or not, it is still alive. Google Glass never died. Google Glass “reborn” into a second version. Like the phoenix bird.
There is much misinformation about Google Glass at the moment. Let’s get the facts straight. Here is everything you need to know about the new Google Glass 2.0.
Google Glass 2.0: Versions And Design
Google Glass 2.0 is in good hands. The old Glass team is now called Project Aura and behind the new team is Tony Fadell. You might now Mr. Fadel as the founder of NEST. But, few of you know that he designed the first iPod in 2001.
It is true, the first version of Glass did not “have the impact” Google hoped for. But, not everything was bad. The new Google Glass 2.0 is a product “forged” in that feedback.
This time “the glass” has a daily-glasses look. It is thinner, lighter, smarter. Behind the new image, is the Italian brand Luxottica. We call it Google Glass 2.0 but, there are two versions this time.
The Glass for Work, or the enterprise version and the Google Glass 2.0, the consumer version. Both versions will allow users to “clip-on” their own vision glasses, work lenses, etc.
When compared with the first version, Google Glass 2.0 is a versatile device that supports add-ons. It also has new design. Still, if you expect a fancy device, you are wrong. With Google Glass 2.0, function prevails over form.
But, we all know that the fashion tech is “the name of the game” in 2015. Google learned from its previous experience. Google had to “take a lot on the chin”, with the first version of Google Glass.
Google expects the “work” version to see a fast adoption rate for good reasons. The market is ready, the look is not important and the “invasion of privacy” is not a problem.
Smart glasses for work is not something new. Vuzix has been deploying “smart glasses” for enterprise for a long time now. SAP & Vuzix is one of the best examples.
Update: Google Glass 2.0 for Work is under heavy testing by some companies in healthcare and manufacturing industry.
Google Glass 2.0: Specs And Battery Life
The “old” Google Glass has a single-cell lithium-polymer battery rated at 2.1 watt-hours (570 mAh). Filming would last only 30 minutes. On average usage, the battery lasts five hours.
The “new glasses” feature a range of improvements. Both versions of Google Glass 2.0 will come with a battery life of up to 14 hours. The enterprise version will also let the users connect to an external battery pack.
Inside, the new Google Glass 2.0 has an Intel Atom processor at 2.4GHz, low power Bluetooth and 5GHz Wi-Fi. Also, it has a larger prism. That means a bigger “display size”.
Google Glass 2.0: Release Date And Price
Mid 2015, at BBC: “I remember what it was like when we did the iPod and the iPhone. I think [Glass] can be that important, but it’s going to take more time to get it right.” Tony Fadell.
With Glass 2.0, Google is taking a new approach. Unlike Google Glass Explorer Edition, that was released in advance to developers, this time Google will keep the prototypes in-house.
Fadell defended Google’s choice to work from the inside out, telling the BBC that the customers pay for value and not for beta testing kits. Apple is the best example here.
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