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The very new Google Glass – Aura – is here


The very new Google Glass – Aura – is here!

Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Dec 10, 2015 Last Updated at 10:27 PM IST.

Google Glass shares much of its electronics and software with the smartphone, but it’s a very different machine.

You hold a smartphone in your hand. And we do—at restaurants, at the movies, walking across the street, and even in bed. We use smartphones to check our mail, update Facebook, get driving directions, search the Internet to settle bets, and, sometimes, even to make calls. But Glass you wear on your face, and that fundamentally transforms all these human-computer interactions, making them more intimate. Because you don’t use your hands, and because it projects an image onto a transparent screen suspended in front of your eye and uses a vibration to stimulate your inner ear, using Glass is like being naked with the machine: synapses and wires united.

A new version of Google Glass is on the way, and this time around, it will be offered exclusively to workplaces such as hospitals and factories.

The device, called the Enterprise Edition internally, will look very much like the original but with a new hinge and will sport a bigger display and faster processor, according to 9to5Google. The Wall Street Journal, which corroborates 9to5Google’s report, adds that the device can be attached to different glasses.

The device, overseen by Google’s Nest division, run by Tony Fadell, is expected to be available by fall, according to the Wall Street Journal. It will be at least a year before we see a new consumer version of the device.

As we’ve said, Google never gave up on Glass as an enterprise device, despite putting the consumer version of the device on hiatus, and indeed, the workplace is the ideal place for wearables. It’s one place that Glass has already had some success. In 2013, a California solar panel company had its field technicians wear Google Glass so they could take photos and view documents without using their hands. But Google will have to compete with other companies such as Vuzix, which have been selling head-mounted wearables to businesses for years….

A new version of Google Glass is on the way, and this time around, it will be offered exclusively to workplaces such as hospitals and factories.

Google’s smart glasses just can’t keep a name. The project, initially called Project Glass, was renamed to Google Glass  and is now called Project Aura, according to multiple reports.

According to Business Insider, whose report was confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, Project Aura started in June, with Google hiring electronics experts from Amazon’s research division, Lab126, to revive the Glass project.

Aura should result in a next-generation Glass, but other wearables are also a possibility. The Aura team will work hand in hand with several other research groups within Google, including those behind Project Soli and Google Cardboard.

The WSJ says the project will continue to be run by Ivy Ross, who previously led the Glass project, with oversight by Tony Fadell, currently the head of Google-owned smart home business Nest.

After a long closed-beta period, Google Glass was finally launched to a limited number of developers and early adopters for the price of $1,500. It was opened to the public, before being discontinued for consumers in January this year.

As for the next iteration of Glass — err, Aura — it might already be here. According to the WSJ, Google has been quietly distributing a new version to companies in health care, manufacturing and energy industries.

According to the report, there could be a new consumer-ready version, but it’s at least a year away, and it could end up being very different than the last iteration of Glass. Since Google likes to use the “project” moniker only for research projects and not end products, we’ll take a wild guess here and assume another name change in the future, to Google Aura. You heard it here first, folks.

Google is reportedly planning to launch the next-generation of Google Glass augmented reality headset with updated specificaitons and features.

The new Google Glass, internally being referred to as ‘Enterprise Edition’ or ‘EE’, is said to include a larger prism display as compared to the current ‘Explorer’ version, along with an Intel SoC and a slightly improved battery life.

People familiar with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition’s advanced prototype have mentioned 9to5Mac that the wearable will sport a longer prism glass that would eliminate the users need to look towards top right every time. This would also reduce the eyestrain issues users reportedly had with prolonged use of the Google Glass. However, the sources have not clarified if the display resolution has been changed or not, but have mentioned that it would be “better” than the Explorer Edition.

The information about the Enterprise Edition’s Intel Atom chip also goes in line with what the Wall Street Journal reported last December. The new report claims Google Glass would be using a low-power Intel Atom chip, which is said to be clocked slightly faster than the chipset inside the current top Android Wear models. The exact chipset model has not been mentioned. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition might come with an external battery pack as well.

By: Kowshik Balaji @Rednewswire

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