Google is making its augmented reality headset, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, available for direct purchase for developers and businesses.
Enterprises interested can purchase the device from one of Google’s hardware sellers, including CDW, Mobile Advance or SHI, Google said in a blog post penned by Google Glass Project Lead Jay Kothari.
“Glass Enterprise Edition 2 has helped people working in logistics, manufacturing, field services and a variety of other industries do their jobs more efficiently through hands-free access to the information and tools they need to do their job,” the company said. “Enterprises who have deployed Glass with experiences built by our network of solution providers, have seen faster production times, improved quality, and reduced costs.”
Google first launched the product in May 2019, and demand for the product from developers and businesses has been strong.
The product is built on the Android operating system, so developers should be familiar with it and businesses can easily integrate the services and application programming interfaces they’re already using.
Google said it also shared new open source applications and code samples like sample layouts and UI components that could be helpful for those just getting started developing for Glass.
“We’re excited to see what kinds of new experiences and solutions developers will make for Glass to shape the future of work,” the company said.
Workers can use Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 to look at checklists, view instructions, send photos and videos to improve production times, improve quality and reduce costs, Google says.
The product is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, which Google calls a significantly more powerful multicore CPU and a new artificial intelligence engine, enabling power savings, enhanced performance and support for computer vision and enhanced machine learning capabilities.