This morning an FCC listing for what appears to be Google Glass 2 has appeared. But it doesn’t matter. The first version of Google Glass was a hit on the tech news circuit – people even spend a bunch of cash to be the first to own the device. But it didn’t work out in ideal a fashion as Google had hoped. Unchecked enthusiasm and a never-ending stream of stories about Glass-holes made sure of that. The second edition of this device won’t be made for the average consumer.
This isn’t the part you should read into. Wong is ALWAYS the person that asks for secrecy by the FCC for Google. Every time.
The part you should read into is the placement of the FCC label. The label’s digital display is presented in the FCC document as follows:
This black block has the exact same height to width ratio as the screens in the first Google Glass as you’ll see in the following example.
The name of the machine is GG1. If I had to bet, I’d bet that this was Google Glass. Not necessarily an ALL NEW Google Glass.
The original FCC listing for the original Google Glass had the FCC ID: A4R-X1.
The new model here is called A4R-GG1.
Equipment specifications show better power optimization than the previous model – or at least internals that use USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0, with higher power output. With the same Lower and Upper Frequency as the original model’s tests in the FCC, power output is 0.0147 instead of 0.0015.
Dig deep enough into the test reports and you’ll find that while the tester of Glass back in 2013 used an HP workstation laptop for testing, in 2015 the tester is using a MacBook Air. Relatively inconsequential, but still – USB 3.0 in the MacBook Air, not necessarily in the HP from a couple years ago.
Deep within the testing sheets you’ll find the following line: “Evaluation of Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Fields from Handheld and Body-Mounted Wireless Communication Devices.”
So it’s not a Chromecast.
Above you’ll see a test photo from the test report as well. While this could be for a phone, combined with the rest of the clues we have above, we’re betting on Google Glass.
Will this version of Glass be made for consumers?
In Europe, Glass is being used for security and passenger assistance at airports. The US Navy has used Google Glass (and subsequently found itself addicted). Police in Dubai have used the headset like Judge Dredd.
Google’s own Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette suggested that the company needed to reset their strategy regarding Glass.
While it looks like Google really did hit reset, not delete on Glass, what’ll that mean for you?
It’ll mean Google Glass isn’t come back to the Google store online.
Not in this iteration, anyway.