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Working Google Glass Enterprise Edition turns up on eBay

Working Google Glass Enterprise Edition turns up on eBay

You now have a chance to get your hands on an unreleased follow-up to one of the biggest tech hardware flops in recent history: an Enterprise Edition of the Google Glass wearable. A listing for one has turned up for sale on eBay, making it a surprising find of a device that was only rumored to be in development in recent months. While it may look like the original Google Glass that debuted back in 2013 — dozens of which can also be found on eBay — the auction offers some of the first public images of the modifications made for enterprise users.

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Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

Wearvue is the Toshiba smart glass you never saw

This week was filled with announcements of new and upcoming products but, somewhat ironically, Toshiba did the opposite. It revealed that it is canceling its Wearvue product, a Google Glass like that, like the rumored next gen Glass, was intended for the enterprise instead of consumers. What's amusing is how Toshiba canceled the device just a month after it was announced and just a week before it was meant to go on sale. Rather than an isolated case, however, it could be an indicator of a shift in the market.

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Google has fixed the big problem that killed Glass v1

Google has fixed the big problem that killed Glass v1

Today we're getting our first good look at Google Glass version 2, also known (for now) as Google Glass: Enterprise Edition. This version of the device has a few changes in its hardware - the most apparent of which is the removal of the metal bar that attached the glass unit to the opposite side of the wearer's head. There's also a ball joint for the eyepiece. But what's most important here is the addition of a single light - right near the front-facing camera.

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Google Glass 2: Enterprise Edition revealed in photos

Google Glass 2: Enterprise Edition revealed in photos

The second edition Google Glass header has appeared, and it looks... very similar to the first. This is what Google calls the "Enterprise Edition" of the headset, aiming it directly at the industry that decided it was a device that'd be helpful - businesses. Using this headset in the line of duty in a wide variety of trades has been a real boon for the popularity of the device, and here it would appear that it's been kept afloat by the segment that Google doesn't normally go after - not with as much veracity as the consumer world, anyway.

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Patent suggests Google Glass 2 looks less dorky, more creepy

Patent suggests Google Glass 2 looks less dorky, more creepy

A new document shows Google Glass 2, or another iteration of the first, to look more like head-wrap than a pair of traditional glasses. The form is a patent, and the patent has been filed this week with the US Patent and Trademark Office. In the patent, we see a pair of Google's Glass smart wearable, this time utilizing the shape of the wearer's head to their advantage, rather than relying on the nose. This version doesn't require that you have the device resting up in front of your face - just the glass display reflection.

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VW puts Glass to work as wearables prove enterprise promise

VW puts Glass to work as wearables prove enterprise promise

Wearables like Glass may have struggled in public, but Volkswagen is all-smiles with its trial of "3D smart glasses" in car manufacturing. The automaker has kicked off tests to see whether head-mounted computers can speed up parts picking, with employees at its Wolfsburg plant in northern Germany relying on the wearables to not only guide them around the vast number of components that go into a modern vehicle, but make sure they pick up the right piece.

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Google’s new Glass said to ditch the display

Google’s new Glass said to ditch the display

Glass may not have been the wearable revolution Google hoped, but the latest rumors suggest the reborn Project Aura is now working on a trio of successors. The team, which rebranded earlier this year and reportedly busied itself working on an enterprise wearable for users less swayed by fashion and more by functionality, is now said to have both consumers and businesses in mind.

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Google Glass changes name to Project Aura, tries to change fate

Google Glass changes name to Project Aura, tries to change fate

Not all of Google's ambitious, sometimes insane, projects become as successful as it might have dreamed, no matter how expensive that dream was. Such was the fate of Google Glass, it seemed, the company's real first wearable, predating even Android Wear. That dream, however, never really died and might soon be making a comeback, with a fresh new name and some fresh new faces. Supposedly now called Project Aura, at least internally, the new team will be manned interestingly by some of Amazon's own lost engineers.

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Google tipped to be sneaking “Glass EE” into workplaces

Google tipped to be sneaking “Glass EE” into workplaces

Apparently, not only is Google already working on an "Enterprise Edition" or EE of its Google Glass smart eyewear, it is also already distributing prototypes to people in healthcare and manufacturing industries. In stark contrast to its rather flamboyant revelation of the Google Glass Explorer edition, Google is now all hush hush about this workplace-oriented version. While there still seems to be some interest, if not will, to have a consumer-ready model eventually, Google seems to be content to first improve the wearable's street cred in the industry.

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More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

The next Google Glass is truly shaping up to be different from the Google Glass that everyone once knew and criticized. Although it will still be visibly identifiable as Google Glass, with that conspicuous prism glass on only one side of the eyewear, the smart glasses is undergoing rather drastic changes both within and without to make it more viable as a workplace accessory instead of a simple consumer product. And to make that happen, Google is making Glass more resistant to the forces of nature and man, and making it also a bit more portable.

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Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

The second big release for Google Glass is on its way, but not in the way the remaining "Glass for Fun" enthusiasts might've hoped. Instead it would seem that those pushing for an enterprise angle for the headset have gotten their wish. This second-generation Google Glass won't be built for the public. It'll be built for businesses. While the possibility remains that Glass for Fun could pop up, for now it's more of a pipe dream for the average citizen and lover of leisure.

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Samsung wearable to beat HoloLens with 3D-cam and 2x Glass

Samsung wearable to beat HoloLens with 3D-cam and 2x Glass

Samsung may be next on the list of hardware companies to deliver a smart headset with dual-Google Glass-like displays, 3D cameras, and augmented reality/holography. This device does not yet have a formal name, instead opting in early registration documents as a "wearable display apparatus" only. The image you see before you is not the same as Samsung's earlier Google Glass competitor seen back in January of 2014 - this headset is brand new. It's wireless, and it's sporting virtual imagery the likes of which we've never seen before.

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