Google Launches New $999 Glass AR Headset for Enterprise Customers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today announced the launch of a new enterprise-focused Google Glass headset, the Glass Enterprise Edition 2.

    The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 looks more like a traditional pair of glasses than a futuristic headset thanks to safety frames designed in partnership with Smith Optics, but for those who don't need safety glasses features, there's also a standard version that looks like the original.


    Both versions feature a 640 x 380 Optical Display Module that displays augmented reality content over the real world view, while also offering up a smart voice assistant for getting tasks done.

    Inside, there's an updated, faster Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 processor, an improved 8-megapixel camera, USB-C port for faster charging, and a larger battery.


    Google says the Snapdragon XR1 features a significantly more powerful multicore CPU and a new artificial intelligence engine for "significant power savings," improved performance, and support for computer vision and more advanced machine learning capabilities.

    Google Glass 2 runs Android Oreo, which is meant to make it easier for businesses to develop for and deploy.

    The new version of Google Glass is priced at $999, down from $1,599 for the original version, and like the prior Enterprise Glass option, it is not available directly to consumers.


    Google originally released Google Glass in 2013 as a mass market product, but it wasn't well-received due to privacy and functionality concerns. Google then relaunched it as an Enterprise product for businesses in 2017, with the redesigned version available as of today.

    Apple is rumored to be working on its own augmented reality smart glasses, which could be somewhat similar in design to Google's version. Apple has had AR smart glasses in development for several years now, and rumors have suggested we could see a launch in 2020.

    Article Link: Google Launches New $999 Glass AR Headset for Enterprise Customers
  2. yossi macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2004
    they're really doubling down on this nonsense
  3. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
  4. nyfliiboy macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    It was cool when i had the original one but for real world use it was BS. Battery life was the worst and not to mention my vision had just started to fade so I couldnt really use it.
  5. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
  6. Ankit1088 macrumors newbie


    May 26, 2008
  7. peteyD macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
  8. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Do they have a left version for people with (Right eye) Amblyopia?!
  9. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    Nothing will be stylish with that Borg cube attached.
  10. rpat701 macrumors regular

    May 25, 2016
    Have they actually found a problem to solve in the enterprise with AR? Because from every use case I've seen there are better/cheaper/faster way of solving those problems now. AR is sexy tech looking for a problem to solve.
  11. rom3o macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2014
    AR has great potential in manufacturing and logistics (and probably other fields as well, but this is where I come from). Hence it is a product for enterprise customers, it’s literally in the headline of the article.
  12. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Oh, this is still a thing? I thought it went the way of AirPower, except people gave a toss when AirPower was canned.
  13. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    They've been selling these things as a enterprise piece of hardware and this is the 3rd revision since the original (non enterprise focused piece of hardware). Its been doing good enough for them apparently or they would have killed it off.

    Someone else pointed out the Glass folks have been brought back into Google proper where the other Google AR folks reside. Longer term I expect them to be there if/when Apple makes an AR glass play. JMHO..
  14. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    so is apple working on a similar product for gaming purposes, or are they aiming for the "pro" market?
  15. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
    i would use those

    (assuming the accompanying software is up to par or suits my needs.. like display blueprints or cut lists etc)
  16. kaycrystal626 macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2018
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    WBRacing macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2012
    People moan about folding screens, claiming that nobody asked for it.

    They really should focus that sentiment on this garbage. Seriously in my office if someone walked around with these on the HR department would have to hire extra staff. People would be irate and understandably so.
  18. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    People can bash this all day long, but that's a shallow perspective. What they fail to realize is how this type of development moves the needle forward. Technology improves, lessons are learned, and one day, the world will be a better place as a result. So, bash all you want, but let's be thankful that Google is "wasting their time on this". 10 years from now, you won't see it that way.
  19. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
  20. AZMecha, May 20, 2019
    Last edited: May 20, 2019

    AZMecha macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2015
    Hmmm Can I order a pair from Warby Parker and also get transition lenses too?????? :D:D:D
  21. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Great! So now not targeting consumers, only the corporate guys will be able to use them to steal company secrets. Nice to see it limited to stuff that will make somebody money, instead of just creeps on the loose.
  22. blcamp macrumors regular


    May 16, 2012
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Glassholes, stay the eff away from me with that Barnyard Substance. :mad:
  23. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Because of dumbsumers the rest of us don't get nice things since this is now sold to enterprise only. This hands-free HUD tool which is less bulky and more affordable than HoloLens 2 would be useful for a lot of consumer applications such as learning, car repairs, electronic maker hobby, cooking, etc.

  24. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Oh now come on, as a fan of the Borg, that's just not fair. Borg Cubes are pretty, especially tactical Borg cubes. This thing is just an abomination. :)

  25. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    My first instinct hearing this: they hear internal rumblings at apple about them being close to production for THEIR ar headset so they want to get ahead of them

    ...won’t work

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