So you thought Google Glass was dead? Rising from the flames of failure, Alphabet Inc. announced Glass Enterprise Edition, aimed not at consumers looking to dangle apps in front of their eyes, but for enterprise workers who will actually benefit from having an intelligent pair of specs while working.
In a blog post on
, Alphabet’s X lab, where futuristic technology is researched and implemented, stated a use case scenario of GE Aviation which assembles and repairs airplane engines. While earlier the mechanics had to conduct the complex and specialised task meticulously by consulting paper instruction in between steps, using the new Glass, they can now see
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.” Google stated that not only did the workers reduced the chances of making an error, but also increased efficiency by 8-12 per cent.
Glass Enterprise Edition remains a small, lightweight wearable with a transparent display that puts information into user’s line of sight. In a factory, mechanics can actually replace their safety goggles with the smart, intuitive Glass.
By pivoting to enterprise users, Glass is now suddenly extremely relevant. Workers from fields like manufacturing, logistics, field services and healthcare who usually have their hands full, now have a device that can provide them information straight to their eyes. Google said it has worked with over 30 experts over the past two years to build customised software and business solutions for Glass for people in such fields.
The design of the glass has also been improved. It is now more lightweight and comfortable to wear over long hours. The battery life is also more in the new edition.
The first signs of the device’s potential was noticed in the Glass Explorer Edition, which was sent out to developers to find use cases for the device. With the announcement of the Glass Enterprise Edition, the Glass product team is back at the X lab, where they will be working together with the Google Cloud team and other partners to improve work efficiency in a variety of enterprise sectors.
Google stated the examples of DHL, where employees in the supply chain process used Glass for scanning items from racks before moving them into totes or bins or carts to be shipped. Employees received real time information about where to place the items with the help of visual aids. DHL stated that their supply chain efficiency increased by 15 per cent after implementing Glass.
Google also worked with machinery manufacturing factories and healthcare providers to help them work smarter, faster and safer.