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.

If Google Glass is to be used in industrial scenarios and the workplace, it needs to be more sturdy than it already is. This means not only should the frame itself be rugged, the components inside should also be able to withstand occasional drops and accidents. Considering the smaller and more delicate components, especially the prism glass, that might be a challenge. According to sources, the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass will also be more resistant, made possible by reducing the openings and chances for ingress for water or dust.

Almost antithetical to that, the next Google Glass is also said to now be foldable. Yes, it will come with hinges that allows both left and right sides to fold like regular glasses. If true, then this is quite the feat indeed, considering the right side houses the computer and battery modules. This new "feature" would be in stark contrast to the Explorer edition of Glass, which was designed to be one, whole, unified band.

Internally, the changes in Google Glass Enterprise Edition are equally substantial, like the switch to an Intel Atom CPU, the use of longer prisms for less eye strain, and improved battery life.

If any of these are the real deal, then Google has truly revised its approach to Google Glass. It is now putting due emphasis on usability and focusing on a particular use case instead of aiming for a jack of all trades type of device. Sadly, that should have been its strategy from the very beginning, which could have save the first Glass from an ignominious death.

VIA: 9to5Google