Google’s Ugly Duckling Glass Becomes Enterprise Swan
Google’s augmented reality goggles were a flop several years ago — when intrepid explorers wore the devices in restaurants and bars, sparking reactions ranging from disapproval to outright violence — but they have become very welcome in the workplace. Their success in a host of business settings led The Team at X on Tuesday to announce an expansion of its Glass Enterprise Edition program. The latest version of Glass looks like a pair of safety glasses, but it’s really a small, lightweight wearable computer with a transparent display that can bring information into the wearer’s line of sight. What the Glass team has found since introducing the original version in 2014 is that workers in many fields — such as manufacturing, logistics, field services and healthcare — have discovered the advantages of accessing information while both hands are busy. More than 50 businesses now are using Glass to improve worker productivity.
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