Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Now Available for Direct Purchase

Posted on February 4, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Hardware with 3 Comments

Back in May of 2019, Alphabet’s X moonshot factory joined Google, launching the new Glass Enterprise Edition 2. At the time, the product was not available for direct purchase, but that’s changing now.

Google today announced that developers can now buy the new Glass Enterprise Edition 2 directly from hardware retailers, but do keep in mind that the product is only meant for enterprise users.

“Since Glass Enterprise Edition 2 launched last May, we’ve seen strong demand from developers and businesses who are interested in building new, helpful enterprise solutions for Glass,” said Google.

As Google previously detailed, the new Glass device runs on Android and comes with Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management support, which will make it easier for businesses to manage their Glass 2 devices. And since it’s based on Android, companies will also be able to integrate their services much quicker than before. Google is also sharing a couple of open source applications and code samples that help developers get started with building apps for the Glass 2.

Glass 2 is also built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 platform. The device packs a “significantly more powerful” multi-core CPU, as well as an integrated AI engine, that allows for power savings, improved performance, support for computer vision, and advanced machine learning capabilities.

Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 can be purchased from retailers like CDWMobile Advance or SHI, the starting price is meant to be $999, though the price does vary across the three retailers that Google has recommended.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Now Available for Direct Purchase”

  1. rm

    So, when you wink it takes a picture? What does this thing do?

    • StevenLayton

      In reply to RM: What does it do? It creeps me out, that's what!

    • karlinhigh

      In reply to RM:

      The product flopped as wearable consumer electronics. But as a head-up display for assembly workers or similar "find these things, do this checklist to them" jobs, people seem to like it.

      That article references the competing Microsoft HoloLens:

      Lockheed Martin Corp. recently adopted Microsoft's HoloLens for manufacturing spacecraft. Donning what looks like a pair of heavy duty safety goggles with a black band wrapping around the head, a technician can use images projected onto the lenses to mark the locations for 309 fasteners to be attached to a curved panel. When the technician or the panel moves, the computer adjusts.

      The $3,500 HoloLens reduced the task to a two-and-a-half hour job, down from at least two days when using traditional measuring tools, said Shelley Peterson, who leads Lockheed's emerging technologies division.

      “We’re seeing a return on investment in the first use,” she said.