New Google Glass may not be consumer-ready for at least another year

Google Glass is in the middle of a transition period. After its very public test run with the Glass Explorer Edition, Google took its vision for the wearable back to the drawing board, and has been working on a new Glass experience – one with new hardware, as well as (presumably) new software. We’ve been checking out evidence of this Glass headset over the past several weeks, while hearing rumors that the new Glass could be positioned as an Enterprise Edition with the intent to sell it to businesses. That account picks up new support from additional sources, as rumors attempt to describe Google’s plan for the headset.

Supposedly this new Glass is being sent out to devs already, with the aim of selling it to business interests sometime this fall. By making Glass available to companies for in-house industrial uses, Google may be hoping to avoid public privacy issues that plague the Explorer Edition.

Earlier reports suggested the new Glass would be functionally similar to existing hardware, while making changes to the frame – like allowing it to fold. This report takes things one step further, claiming that Google’s using a design that allows the Glass hardware to detach from the headset entirely and be swapped between frames.

As for consumer availability, don’t hold your breath. While business could be using the new Glass in just a few months, consumer sales are supposed to be at least a year out, and even then plans don’t sound very definite.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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