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Google Glass Returns, Greatly Improved as a Business Tool

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 06:25 AM

Google Glass has returned not as a personal device but, as Forbes magazine noted, as a business tool, designed to help workers in specific fields like manufacturing, logistics, and health care.

The company quietly spent the last two years refashioning what is now Google Glass 2.0, answering past complaints by developing customized software for industry, said CNET.com. The glasses come with longer battery life, a faster processor, an eight-megapixel camera, and more secure wireless connectivity.

Forbes said Google worked with 30 business partners to retool Google Glass 2.0 for such purposes.

Jay Kothari, Google Glass project leader, gave examples on his blog Tuesday of how companies are using the invention. He described how mechanics at GE Aviation in Cincinnati improved efficiency from 2014 because they no longer have to leave their assembly areas to physically refer back to paper instructions.

"… GE's mechanics now use Glass running software from our partner Upskill, which shows them instructions with videos, animations and images right in their line of sight so they don't have to stop work to check their binders or computer to know what to do next," said Kothari.

"Since using Glass with Upskill, they estimate that they have not only reduced errors at key points in the assembly and overhaul of engines, but that they have improved their mechanics’ efficiency by between 8–12 percent."

Kothari said Google Glass 2.0 looks to expand it use to other business to serve such niche needs.

"We first saw signs of Glass' potential for businesses in the Glass Explorer days," said Kothari. "As we said when we graduated, we'd been seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace.

"Now the Glass product team is back at X, and we'll be collaborating with the Google Cloud team and our partners to help customers across a variety of business sectors make the most of Glass. Together, we're looking forward to seeing more businesses give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free."

Forbes' John Nosta said Tuesday's announcement shows how Google Glass has evolved from what looked like a doubtful future.

"It's been an interesting ride and it seems the Glass is back on a track — but a different track," said Nosta. "This time, the new model and strategic approach many give Glass a better chance for adoption. While its initial introduction to the consumer was met with both acclaim and ridicule, today's announcement suggests that Google listened and evolved."

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