Google Glass is still moving forward, even after the initial hardware failed to find broad mainstream success, and we’ve been looking forward to the introduction of a new Glass headset at some point later this year; we’ve certainly seen FCC evidence that appeared to confirm work on that very project. Now some new rumors have been suggesting a very different direction Google could be pursuing for this new device, one that’s focused mainly on business users. Today we pick up some rumored new hardware details about the changes that may be in store for Glass.

Reports from earlier this month claimed that the new Glass will be called the Glass Enterprise Edition, and that Google’s been testing several different hardware designs. Some of those involved a larger prism element in the hopes of reducing eye strain, as well as the move to a low-power Intel SoC and improvements to battery life and reducing system heat.

Supposedly the Glass Enterprise Edition will look much like the previous Explorer Edition, while adding the important ability to fold up (like regular glasses) for storage. While the general layout of Glass components would be unchanged, Google’s reportedly made improvements to durability, helping those side-mounted electronics survive rough handling. That would be very much in line with the industrial role Google seems to be pursuing, and Glass could also pick up some degree of enhanced water resistance.

Sales for the new Glass are expected to be business-direct, with no retail presence to speak of.

Source: 9to5 Google

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