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Google targets the enterprise segment with new Glass offering

Google said a limited number of companies have been testing the new product over the last two years

Google has unveiled the new version of its Google Glass product called Google Glass Enterprise Edition. The new glasses have seen improvements to the design and hardware to make them more lightweight and comfortable for long-term wear. The new offering also features better battery life and more power.

Jay Kothari, Product Lead for Glass, said Google has been working on the Google Glass Enterprise Edition for the past two years. The executive said that the new product has been available to a small number of enterprises in a limited program. These firms include AGCO, DHL, GE, Samsung, Sutter Health, and Volkswagen.

The company said that the Google Glass Enterprise Edition is now available to more enterprises through the firm’s network of expert partners.

“Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy,” the executive said. “That’s why we’ve spent the last two years working closely with a network of more than 30 expert partners to build customized software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields,” Kothari added.

Workers at AGCO, an agricultural machinery manufacturer in Jackson, Minnesota, are using Glass Enterprise Edition. By reducing the amount of back and forth workers have to do accessing checklists, viewing instruction manuals or sending photos from tablets or laptops as they assemble machines, Glass has reduced machinery production time by 25% and inspection times by 30%. “Employees are now working smarter, faster and safer because they have the information they need right in their line of sight,” Peggy Gulick, director of business process improvement, at AGCO said.

The Google Glass team is also working with the Google Cloud team and other partners to help enterprises across sectors make best use of the new wearable.

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