Days after what may be new Google Glass hardware was spotted in the FCC’s database, a new report has surface that claims to have details on Google’s next smart eyewear.
According to 9to5Google, the next version of Google Glass is being internally referred to as “Enterprise Edition.” Some “advanced prototypes” of the new hardware are said to include an Intel Atom processor that offers performance enhancements as well as modest battery life improvements. It’s not known exactly which Intel Atom chip is inside the new Glass, but it’s said to be clocked higher that recent Android Wear smartwatches.
Speaking of battery life, it’s said that Google has prepped an external battery pack for this Enterprise Edition device. The battery pack is expected to be an optional add-on for users that want even more battery life than the new model of Glass offers.
Another improvement that’s said to be included with Google Glass Enterprise Edition is a larger prism display. The elongated prism will allow the wearer to see Glass’s display by simply looking up rather than looking up and right like they did on the original Glass. This change is expected to reduce eye strain on the wearer. It’s not known if the new Glass’s display resolution is higher, but sources have described the screen as “better.”
Finally, the new Glass is said to include support for 5GHz Wi-Fi, which was included in the aforementioned FCC entry for the mysterious could-be-Glass product.
Should these rumors hold true, the new Google Glass sounds like a nice upgrade over the original model. Of course, performance and battery life improvements aren’t likely to make Glass more accepted by the general public, especially now that smartwatches are gaining popularity and filling the need for a wearable for a lot of people. There are still some instances in which Glass can be useful, though, including in many workplaces, and the internal name “Enterprise Edition” may reflect that.
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