To be honest, I was pretty happy when it was clear that smart glasses for the consumer market would not take off, and I would be living in a better, smart glasses-free, world. But I also reckoned that those could have use in professional settings, and Google Glass Enterprise edition was first spotted in 2015 with an Atom processor.
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 quad-core Kryo processor @ 1.7GHz with Adreno GPU, Qualcomm AI Engine for on-device processing; 10nm manufacturing process
- System Memory – 3GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash storage
- Display – 640×360 Optical Display Module
- Audio out – Mono Speaker, USB audio, BT audio
- Microphones – 3 beam-forming microphones
- Camera – 8MP, 80 DFOV
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac, dual-band, single antenna and Bluetooth 5.x AoA (Angle of Arrival)
- Touch – Multi-touch gesture touchpad on right side of glasses
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type C port for charging and data
- Sensors – 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, 3-axis magnetometer
- Misc – Privacy LED (camera), and power LED; on-head detection sensor and eye-on screen sensor to reduce power consumption
- Battery – 820mAh with fast charge support
- Weight – ~46 grams (pod only)
- Ruggedization – Water and dust resistant
The glasses run Android 8.0 Oreo and support Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management for larger deployments. The camera allows workers to stream “point of view” video from expert remote assistants over Wi-Fi, and the more powerful Snapdragon XR1 processor delivers better performance and enables on-board computer vision and machine learning use cases.
Google partnered with Smith Optics to make Glass-compatible safety frames for demanding work environments such as manufacturing floors and maintenance facilities.
Businesses or developers can purchase Google Glass Enterprise Edition v2 for $999 by contacting the sales team or distributors. More details and real-life examples of typical use cases are provided on the product page.