Google Glass Could Help Industrial Workers be More Productive

Technical director for Google Cloud, Jennifer Bennett, announced that Google Glass would be making a come back. But now the company has decided to gear their product towards industrial applications. After all, the factory floor is really where people could use some hands-free assistance, and might not mind looking a little silly while doing it, as reported by WIRED.

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In fact, Google Glass actually made an appearance again last summer as the newly-retooled “Enterprise Edition.” But, if you haven’t heard of it it’s not necessarily because you are out of the loop but because Google has been marketing their device to businesses and not individual people. So, unless you work in a factory, you’re probably no longer Google’s ideal client.

When it comes to the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition it includes an app designed by Israeli software company Plataine that essentially embeds a smart assistant into each headset. Meaning that the AI system can understand and respond to voice commands either by displaying information on the glasses or responding out loud.

Google believes this can help workers manage their workload, scan barcodes, prepare for projects, and look up recommendations without needing to use an often cumbersome laptop.

However, one issue still remains. Back when Google Glass was being marketed to the general public you might recall that weird feeling when you walked by a person wearing Google Glass and started to wonder if they had just filmed you or subjected you to some sort of facial recognition tech.

Well, that element is still part of the newly reworked Enterprise edition: according to WIRED bosses might monitor their employees through Google’s new spectacles. And although this may boost productivity, it could lower morale among employees who wonder whether or not their boss is spying on them.

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