Google Reveals Glass Enterprise Edition 2 AR Headset

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The latest iteration of Glass features an improved camera and a more powerful CPU for $999.

Earlier today, Google announced the latest addition to its Google Glass hardware line-up with Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, a new AR headset which Google promises will help businesses increase the efficiency of its employees by offering them hands-free access to a world of information in real-time.

Available exclusively for enterprise use, this newest iteration is built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 platform and features a new AI engine, offering users a noticeably more powerful hardware experience. This has not only resulted in considerable improvements to power and performance—including an improved camera for higher quality video streaming and collaborative features—but opens up the possibility of computer vision and advanced machine-learning.

To help protect all that delicate technology stuffed into the device, Google teamed up with Smith Optics to create a set of Glass-compatible safety frames capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of environments such as manufacturing floors and maintenance facilities.

Here’s a detailed spec breakdown of the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 headset:

  • SoC — Qualcomm Quad Core, 1.7GHz, 10nm
  • OS — Android Oreo
  • Memory & Storage — 3GB LPDDR4 / 32GB eMMC Flash
  • Wi-Fi — 802.11ac, dual-band, single antenna
  • Bluetooth — 5.x AoA
  • Camera — 8Mp, 80 DFOV
  • Display — 640×360 Optical Display Module
  • Audio Out — Mono Speaker, USB audio, BT audio
  • Microphones — 3 beam-forming microphones
  • Touch — Multi-touch gesture touchpad
  • Charging & Data — USB Type-C, USB 2.0 480Mbps
  • LED — Privacy (camera), power (rear)
  • Battery — 820mAH with fast charge
  • IMU — Single 6-axis Accel/Gyro, single 3-axis Mag
  • Power Saving features — On head detection sensor, and Eye-on screen sensor
  • Ruggedization — Water and dust resistance
  • Weight — 46g (pod)

Image Credit: Google

Thanks to multiple improvements to hardware, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 allows users to collaborate in real-time remotely using live video streaming, access helpful reference documentation, and safely access specific applications using hands-free voice commands.

Those interested in bringing this technology into their workplace will be delighted to know that Glass Enterprise Edition 2 will be much simpler to develop for thanks to an Android foundation as well as support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management.

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