It’s been clear for a while that Google sees the future of the Glass program in the enterprise, rather than through the Explorer program or directly to consumers. Now 9to5Google is reporting that Glass version 2, due out this year, will be distributed exclusively through Google’s Glass at Work partners.
A full five out of ten of those partners are healthcare or healthcare-adjacent companies: Augmedix, Pristine, Advanced Medical Applications, CrowdOptic, and Wearable Intelligence. And according to 9to5, select partners have already had access to the second-generation device.
As a consequence of Google’s enterprise focus, the next generation of device is being designed with enterprise needs in mind. This includes the addition of a 5 GHz WiFi band to support smoother streaming video, which could be key to a number of healthcare applications. It also includes improved battery life, both thanks to an Intel chip that will extend the life of the device and an optional external battery. Keep reading>>