More and more businesses are trialling augmented reality and virtual reality headsets in the workplace, often for employee training purposes. Google has therefore announced a new version of its AR headset, but with a business focus, and it's also labeling the device as an official Google product instead of an experiment. It's been moved from the Google X “moonshot" division, Google explained a blog post on 20 May.
The company is hoping that, by being part of the main Google product family, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 can better “meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace". It's now available for $999, but consumers can't directly buy it from Google or the Google Store.
Google Glass 2 primarily comes with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 processor, which Google said adds “computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities". There's also an improved camera, a USB-C port, and a host of smaller updates. The design is still in-tact, as it's still a heads-up display, but Google has incorporated safety frames via a partnership with Smith Optics.
A bigger battery is included, as well. Glass also now runs on Android and supports Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management.
There's no word on UK pricing and availability just yet.