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WSJ: How Google wants to fix its broken Glass

Published Jul 31st, 2015 6:50AM EDT
Google Glass 2015 Specs Features Release Date

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Google has admitted its beta Glass launch was a mistake, but that doesn’t mean the company is giving up on the project. Google has stopped selling Explorer versions earlier this year, putting former Apple iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell in charge of the project. A redesigned version of Glass already exists, and it looks like certain customers will be able to use.

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But don’t expect a commercial release anytime soon, as Google is taking a different approach to Glass distribution this time around. Instead of making it available to anyone interested in testing it, Google is only letting enterprise customers in.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is targeting businesses including health care, manufacturing and energy for now. This strategy will at least fix one major perceived problem with Glass, privacy infringement. Even though Google explained more than once that Glass can’t be used to record videos and take pictures of other in a rather covert fashion, many people have voiced their concerns about these features.

The new Glass version is apparently sleeker than the previous units. The device does not include a wire-like frame, coming with a button-and-hinge system that lets you attach it to any glasses. Furthermore, the new Glass has a faster Intel processor, better battery life and improved wireless connectivity.

The battery lasts for up to two hours, and Google created a spare battery pack that can be magnetically connected to the gadget.

Finally, the prism that projects a screen on the user’s retina has also been significantly improved. The prism is longer and thinner in the new version and can be moved both vertically and horizontally.

A commercial version of Glass is at least a year away, the Journal noted.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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