Google Glass Returns
Announced earlier this month, courtesy of the FCC, Google Glass appears to be making its way back into the public eye. Not even 12 months ago it seemed that Google was retiring the device, but rumors since seem to say that will be returning. If Google Glass returns to the spotlight it will definitely have some upgrades and possibly a new purpose.
Although Google has not actually made the second version Google Glass official, it is possible to find the device in the public records of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All devices which contain a transmitter must be submitted for review. So those who are keen and watch these public announcements diligently, can find devices that might have gone through unnoticed.
So, what does Google have in store for those who seek the new Glass? Probably one of the top requested features isn’t so much a technological function as much as a practicality. The Explorer model of Google Glass was not nearly as flexible as this new version, and it was glaringly apparent when one went to stow it. The first version did not have an articulation points, that is to say it didn’t fold nicely for storage. The new version has this feature. Other improvements include a larger reflecting screen, that’s the clear plastic block at the end of the device. And finally, a more refined manner for charging has found its way into this latest model.
According to the reviews by other news organizations, this new Google Glass doesn’t make you look any less geeky, (that’s a good thing if you’re a geek). Except for the three mentioned features, it hasn’t changed much. But, the core ideal of a wearable camera that offers almost exactly the viewpoint of the wearer, is still the likely appeal. Although as the first model was fairly steeply priced, it is likely that this next model may fall into the lap of corporate commerce more than consumers.