Google debuts new Enterprise Edition Glass for $999

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Google, or rather its parent company Alphabet, has not given up on the idea of having AR supporting wearables. This as the firm recently unveiled a pair of Google Glass devices for use in the enterprise space.

The Google Glass Enterprise 2 as they’ve been unimaginatively named will go on sale Stateside for a cool $999 (~R14 441), with the hardware featuring quite a bit of processing power.

To that end they’ve got Qualcomm’s XR1 chipset, which in this case is orientated into a quad-core 10 nanometer architecture that clocks at 1.7GHz. It’s also running Android Oreo, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

Added to this is Bluetooth 5.0 functionality and an 8MP camera up front, as well as a USB Type-C port to facilitate charging. Speaking of which there’s a 820mAh battery onboard with fast charging, but Google does not say how much battery life this yields.

So what will this latest edition of the Google Glass be used for? According to Alphabet they’re viewing it as having value in the industrial design space in particular.

“Workers can use Glass to access checklists, view instructions or send inspection photos or videos, and our enterprise customers have reported faster production times, improved quality, and reduced costs after using Glass,” notes Jay Kothari, the project lead on Glass.

“We’re excited to see how our partners and customers will continue to use Glass to shape the future of work,” he concludes.

It should be interesting to see if Google Glass can find its footing in the enterprise space, especially as the consumer-focused version failed to win over the majority of users a few years ago. With the enterprise space looking for more AR and IoT solutions, this latest offering from Google may just do the trick.

At R14k a pop though, it’s not going to be easy to come by.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.