New And Improved Google Glass Returns As A Tool For Businesses
USA – Google Glass, first released in 2013 to much fanfare but discontinued less than two years later, was a fascinating experiment by Google into the future of wearables, if not quite ready for the consumer market at the time. The company hasn’t forgotten about the product though, and its experimental Alphabet X branch has continued to develop the idea with an eye for business, one area where the original Glass proved to be highly useful.
A new and improved version of Glass, dubbed the “Enterprise Edition” was recently announced. The new design is more comfortable and uses stronger materials to withstand use in the workplace. It also boasts a larger display, faster processor, and is foldable.
At AGCO, an agricultural machinery manufacturer in Jackson, Minnesota, workers are using Glass Enterprise Edition to reduce the amount of time spent accessing checklists, viewing instruction manuals or sending photos from tablets or laptops as they assemble machines. The company claims Glass has reduced machinery production time by 25% and inspection times by 30%. In the healthcare field, Glass is helping doctors at California-based Dignity Health through an application that works as ‘a remote scribe’. Instead of typing on a computer during consultations, doctors are free to connect with patients as they talk, with Glass taking all of the notes in the background. This has not only improved the quality of care but has also reduced administrative work for doctors from 33% of their day to less than 10%, said the company.