Alphabet‘s Google has officially launched the “Enterprise Edition” of its smart glasses hardware, which is now available to a network of Google partners.
The company’s developer partners range from logistics and manufacturing to patient care. These apps have long-been involved with Glass through the business-focused “Glass at Work” program.
In a blog post Tuesday, Google Glass project leader Jay Kothari said partners such as GE Aviation, AGCO, DHL, Dignity Health, NSF International, Sutter Health, Boeing and Volkswagen have been using Glass over the past several years, and make up just a sampling of 50 companies using the wearable.
Google has stayed quiet for years about its plans for Google Glass, despite rumors of an enterprise version. The newly unveiled device closely resembles the initial version for consumers, which sold for $1,500, with a few changes to the hardware and software. According to the statement, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition glasses are lighter and more “comfortable for long term wear.” They also offer more power and longer battery life.
Google Glass is run under the Project Aura group, which is responsible for wearable technology.
Google initially unveiled the device with much fanfare in 2012, but it failed to catch on with consumers. Where it did succeed is with professionals, like field workers and doctors, who use the device to record information without needing to use their hands. As an example, an app called Augmedix uses Glass to help doctors transcribe notes from patient interactions.
“Now the Glass product team is back at X, and we’ll be collaborating with the Google Cloud team and our partners to help customers across a variety of business sectors make the most of Glass,” Kothari said. “Together, we’re looking forward to seeing more businesses give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free.”
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