Google Glass Enterprise Edition appears at the FCC

Earlier this year, we covered reports that Google was designing an "Enterprise Edition" of its Glass head-mounted computer targeted at businesses. A ton of information and images have now appeared on the FCC website about a device with the designation "A4R­GG1." This wearable could be the Enterprise Edition Glass.

The FCC filing details a clip-on model of Glass that's now foldable, too. The display prism is bigger this time around, a design that could provide a larger picture for users. The camera now has a recording indicator, too. The overall design has smoother lines than the first Glass units, and the the power button is now located at the rear of the device. 9to5Google is reporting that the device is weather-resistant, too, which ought to make it suited for field work. The bone conduction pad for audio also seems to be gone, replaced by a conventional speaker on this unit.

All the changes detailed above could ease Glass' overall acceptance, particularly the fact that it's now a clip-on system usable with any kind of glasses. Don't hold your breath for general availability, though, as earlier reports indicated that Google will be selling these devices exclusively to businesses for now through its Glass at Work program.

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    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 4 years ago

    I was listening to an NPR story about google glass the other day. Apparently, the medical industry has a lot of interest in it. Makes sense too, surgeons don’t have to look away from patient to get vitals, maybe the glasses can even highlight important stuff, etc.

    • Vinceant
    • 4 years ago

    Is this still a thing? Look, nobody wants wearables like this. They are a terrible idea until something better than yelling at your own face comes around as an input device. Nobody wants this in public.

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Ya, waste of R&D. Seeing people walking around talking to themselves using a bluetooth headset is bad enough.

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        UNTIL IT HAS AN APPLE LOGO, AMIRITE?!?

          • Deanjo
          • 4 years ago

          Nope, not even then. Think iPhone users with bluetooth headsets look like idiots using them as well.

            • NeelyCam
            • 4 years ago

            If you truly believe that, you belong to the minority of iPhone users

          • TwoEars
          • 4 years ago

          WELL PLAYED.

          • morphine
          • 4 years ago

          Bingo. I could name a couple hundred things that would have succeeded and named the best thing since sliced bread if they had a half-bitten apple on the back.

          But I guess the iPhone 6 battery case is way cooler than a heads-up computer, anyway.

            • NeelyCam
            • 4 years ago

            [quote<]But I guess the iPhone 6 battery case is way cooler than a heads-up computer, anyway.[/quote<] Lol. That thing is so ugly... but it doesn't seem to matter to apple fans. And Apple Watch is hailed as the second coming of whichever deity people bow to.

      • slowriot
      • 4 years ago

      You’re right, nobody wants this in public. Hence discontinuing the “public” version and redesigning it to better fit enterprise/industrial/commercial uses. Markets where they could be very beneficial for certain use cases. No one is going to care if it looks goofy in a warehouse if it replaces their bulky scanner devices or similar.

        • Vinceant
        • 4 years ago

        I don’t really want to deal with a warehouse where people yell at their own faces, either. Unless you’re alone in what you do and you need voice controls on something like this then I don’t really see the point. At least not point enough to dump this much time and resources into developing it.

        Also, good luck getting warehouses to adopt something like this when the scanners system they use is tried and true and has been in place forever. I am willing to bet that these are more expensive than a 20 dollar hand scanner. Even the expensive 100 buck scanners are way cheaper.

          • UberGerbil
          • 4 years ago

          You’re aware that companies like Lockheed-Martin are already using something a lot clunkier (the Epson Moverio “wearable display”) for assembly-line and maintenance jobs?

        • druidcent
        • 4 years ago

        FYI: My doctor uses the Google Glass to record the initial discussion of symptom’s issues, and case history. I have to approve the use of the Glass, but it doesn’t bother me. I can see it being very useful in the medical field to overlay information or record specific images when a doctor’s hands are too busy to make the proper notes.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 4 years ago

      In not too many years, this thing is going to be miniaturized to the point of being indistinguishable from a normal pair of glasses.

      I can imagine a future, maybe 30 years, where you can have a subvocal microphone implanted in your throat, a vibration speaker implanted in your ear, and a device like Google Glass is a contact lens.

        • Deanjo
        • 4 years ago

        Just slap a RJ-45 jack into your cranium.

          • DrDominodog51
          • 4 years ago

          And download all of the internet to your mind. Every time you close your eyes you see random kittens

            • Brainsan
            • 4 years ago

            If it’s only kittens, I’m ok with that.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    False advertising!

    That doesn’t look anything like the Enterprise! Not even with the saucer section separated!

      • Neutronbeam
      • 4 years ago

      Is its registration NCC-1701-F? Wonder if the “F” is for Fai…uh, nevermind. 😉

      • Mr Bill
      • 4 years ago

      Locutus edition?

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