Google Glass was the poster kid of wearable industry. In fact, it was the industry. From geeks to experts and masses, it was the object of fascination that everybody wants a piece of. In a private survey of people outside the industry and tech circle, when it was asked about their idea of wearable tech, Google Glass was the only thing they could relate to and recognize with. But blame it to the ever-changing technology or the attitude of the users of wearable gadgets, Google Glass was soon outdated. Out of 16 top app developers, 9 had forsaken the Glass completely whereas 3 were focusing on enterprise and business app for Google Glass. Even Sergey Brin, one of the co-founders of Google and head of the Google X labs where the Glass was originated, was spotted without Google Glass, which was unusual to say the least. Similarly, the news of Apple and VR devices from the house of Sony, Samsung and Oculus barging into this relatively new segment also diluted the interest overall for Google Glass enthusiasts.
It started off as an ambitious wearable tech and was launched amidst much hoopla but it was clear that Google Glass Explorer was destined to be a non-starter. It was intrusive and not useful. It does present you with the future of technology but it hampers the user experience to the extent that you will never want to wear it again. And this defeats the purpose of wearable tech. A successful wearable tech has to be non-intrusive and light on the users whereas it is not.
Google Glass 2.0
While the first Google Glass was the epitome of wrongs and a living illustration of what should not be done while creating a wearable tech device, the Google Glass 2.0 will be every inch a charmer! The rumor mills are working overtime to hint towards the new Google Glass that will be lighter in the weight and easier on the eyes. If rumors are to be believed the new version of Glass won’t take as much as space on the face as its elder sibling. But given that Google is not alone in the segment anymore and may need to fix the functionality to one front panel of glass without making it heavy, it looks more of a demanding task than exciting.
New Google Glass Patent
The rumors of new Google Glass version come from a series of design patents that were spotted over the period of time. In line with its vision to make Google Glass a consumer-friendly wearable than just being a toy of developers, Google has roped in Luxottica, the designer company that does the magic for Ray-Ban and Oakley by staying behind the scene. Noted designer, Diane von Furstenberg has also worked his charms on the clumsy Explorer edition to make it all cutesy and chic.
Google has filed several patent applications to date. Some of this might be realized and some of them will be buried under papers until it is their time to see the light of day. Here are the patents filed by the American multinational in August 2013 and November 2014, much expectantly for Google Glass 2.0.
If the new patents are any indication, the action will take place in left eye, which will be a deviation from the Explorer where it all happened in the right eye. The sketches here also hint towards an improved and better-looking design. But the lack of nose clip on the pair of glasses as well as of any space for battery makes these sketches look ambiguous.
Intel and Google: Working to Make Google Glass a Commercial Success
Wall Street Journal has reported that Intel and Google may work in tandem to make the latter an aesthetic and consumer-oriented product. If it happens, Intel chip will replace the Explorer’s Texas Instruments CPU. Intel has already been working on a series of wearable devices including SMS Audio headphones and Intel MICA. Google Glass Explorer is feature-rich and quite impressive that drains its battery quickly. Intel’s tech would be crucial aspect here to fix the battery problem and increase its life to juice its camera, display screen, apps and what not!
The real impact of Intel chip on Google Glass 2.0 will be a sure thing to see as Intel had quite a promising start with its wearable processor technology. The company’s processor capabilities have been known to push intensive apps and switch the processor to a low-power consumption state faster. If this happens at all, we can hope that the new Glass will be more user-friendly and will pack powerful battery as well as features.
Wait there is more to come… In lieu of processor, Intel will promote Google Glass to its inside circles consisting of business conglomerates to enhance its uptake and adoption in the business arena. Google is already working in this direction by encouraging companies to involve in Glass at Work program.
Google Glass Explorer edition is a thing of the past now and to justify its relevance in current wearable tech segment, Google needs a shot in the arm. Will working with Intel or overhauling the design will do for tech giant? Let us wait and watch.