The next version of Google Glass will be made for the workplace

Day Three Of Mobile World Congress 2014
A pair of Google Glass connected glasses sits on display on day three of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Top telecommunication managers will rub shoulders in Barcelona this week at the Mobile World Congress, Monday, Feb. 24 - 27, a traditional venue for showcasing the latest products for dealmaking. Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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As its second attempt at its futuristic eyewear, Google’s next version of Glass will essentially be a more rugged and robust adaptation of its first incarnation and will be geared toward workplace use, according to 9to5Google.

Google Glass Enterprise, or “EE” as it’s known internally, will look largely like its predecessor, with a few slight differences inside and out. Most noticeably, it will be foldable just like a regular pair of glasses. It will also be more rugged, water resistant, durable, and with an aesthetic better suited to the workplace.

On the technology side, EE will include a larger display, an Intel Atom processor for improved performance, slightly better battery life, and better heat management, 9to5Google notes.

Google is also said to be planning to test the new device through its certified Google for Work program participants, and won’t be commercially available like the original consumer version.


Despite this enterprise model, Google is reportedly already also working on the next generation of consumer Glass devices — in April, Italian luxury eyewear maker Luxottica revealed that it’s working with Google on upcoming devices that are slated for next spring. In January, Google said it was moving its Glass team out of Google X, its research and development arm, and under the leadership of Tony Fadell, co-founder and CEO of smart home device company Nest, which Google acquired in early 2014 for $3.2 billion.

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