Just when everybody was ready to write off the troubled $1500 Google Glass Explorer Edition after its sale was halted, the grapevine is suddenly abuzz with news that the Mountain view-based company is not just contemplating but already working on a second version of the Glass.
While there has been no confirmation from the company yet, reporters and tech watchers have already sniffed out a submission to the Federal Communications Commission of the United States (FCC) which has approved a new device having the FCC ID ‘A4R-GG1.’ Word is out that this is probably the new Glass 2.0. The reports also say that Google is using the 2014 E-Label Act which will allow the company to hide FCC labels instead of displaying them on the device. In other words, Google gets to keep the device confidential though a few details have trickled down almost confirming a new Google Glass model.
The scoop runs thus, “We’ve come to learn from people familiar with the matter that the next hardware is being referred to by Google internally as “Enterprise Edition” or “Google Glass EE.” The device named “GG1″ that passed through the FCC seems very likely to be this new hardware—or at least some version of it—and it makes complete sense. Almost all of the Glass at Work start-ups have focused on the video streaming aspect of the device and have invested millions in software built around it. And in the workplace, this is where Google Glass has been discovered to be most useful. Amped up Wi-Fi capabilities with ac Wi-Fi and 5 GHz support, as well as Bluetooth LE, make sense for video streaming—and Glass start-ups are more than happy to take advantage of this.”
According to insiders, the new eye wearable will support WiFi up to 802.11 ac with 2.4GHz and 5GHz support, Bluetooth LE and comes with an unchangeable battery plus a USB cable for charging and data transfers. The device is said to be placed in a rectangular glass and scrolled left to right like the current Glass. Earlier in April, there was a report that Glass would be launching a new line of wearables with Luxottica’s Ray-Ban and Oakley announcing a continued partnership with the California-based company. Even Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt has said that the Glass is far from dead but declined to give away any more details.
Lorne K Rosenfield from the Stanford University who conducted the first eyelid plastic surgery called blepharoplasty with Google Glass has praised its usefulness, “Google Glass is an exciting technology, attracting global interest from multiple industries, professions and individuals.”
Meanwhile the rumour mill has gone into overdrive with speculations of a late-2015 launch for what is being called the Google Glass Enterprise Edition which is expected to debut with new hardware.