Google prepares to relaunch Glass headset

Our Bureau | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on December 30, 2015




The controversial piece of headgear is set for a comeback

 Less than a year after production stopped on the original Google Glass, its successor is being prepared for launch. The second generation Glass, which is currently undergoing testing for FCC approval, will feature a sleeker design that can be folded like a regular pair of spectacles.

 FCC images of the device reveal a new hinge , in addition to a larger prism. The device is also equipped with improved processing power, battery life and wireless connectivity according to 9to5Google.

 The original Google Glass became the subject of controversy after privacy concerns emerged over people wearing the devices – which have always-on cameras – in public spaces. The term ‘glasshole’ was coined to refer to wearers of such devices.

 This time, Google has decided to sidestep the controversy by focusing exclusively on the workplace. Reports from multiple sources indicate that Google Glass 2.0 will be aimed exclusively at enterprise users initially.

The rumour mill indicates that Google could be planning multiple versions of the device targeted at different users, including an audio-focussed version with no screen for sports enthusiasts. However, all of these reports are yet to be confirmed by an official source.

 What we can be sure of for now is that Google Glass is very much alive and kicking and will be back on people’s faces soon.

Published on December 30, 2015
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