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After numerous leaks, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is finally official.
Similar in design to the earlier versions, the device is now powered by Android Oreo and runs on the powerful Snapdragon XR1 processor with a 640×360 screen. Google is also promising longer battery life from the 820 mAh battery and USB-C fast charging. Other specs include 3GB of LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC Flash, and an 8-megapixel camera with 80-degree FOV with improved video performance.
It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 networking, a mono-speaker, 3 beam-forming microphones for voice commands, a multi-touch gesture touchpad on the stem, a 3-axis Accel/Gyro and 3-axis Magnetic field sensor.
Aimed at the enterprise-only market, the waterproof and dust-resistant device can now be developed for much more easily than earlier, where before it ran a more proprietary OS. It can be managed via Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management, which can disable a lost device for example.
The device is aimed at warehouse workers and a custom Smith Optics-designed safety frame is available. Google says the device can be used to access checklists, view instructions or send inspection photos or videos, and that enterprise customers have reported faster production times, improved quality, and reduced costs after using Glass.
Google appears to be taking the project a bit more seriously, and have moved the team from their X experimental division to the Google AR/VR division with Daydream and ARCore.
The glasses will retail for $999, though prices may vary depending on contracts. Read more about it at Google here.