A few years ago, everyone just said that about video glasses (or rather, this gadget called a head minicomputer) from Google. Yes, we are talking about Google Glass, a project that Google Corporation unexpectedly closed, despite its promise and popularity among geeks and ordinary people. For some time the company promised to release an updated version, created from scratch, but the promises seemed to go into oblivion together with the glasses themselves.
The other day it turned out that the project was not actually closed, and the glasses, the second version, were developed by the company's employees secretly within two years. At the same time preliminary versions of the system were tested not only in Google. Google Glass was tested in the field also in companies such as GE, Boeing, DHL and Volkswagen. And it's not about a couple of days, weeks or even months. The tests were conducted during the last two years, as much as the development was carried out. The fact that during this time there was no leakage of information indicates the ability of the corporation to keep secrets in case it is really necessary (without incidents with gadgets "forgotten" in cafes, taxis and stores).
The glasses themselves were created not for ordinary users, but for employees of various industrial enterprises. In general, Google said this in the past, when they planned to cancel the release of the user version. The Glass Enterprise Edition is called, and the name speaks for itself.
One of Wired journalists was able to see the glasses and try them out in work, among other lucky ones, who saw Enterprise Edition at one of the enterprises that produces tractors. After examining the glasses themselves and contacting Google employees, it turned out that the development led division X, which in general often deals with secret projects that look like hello from the future. The glasses, their second version, were designed and implemented in the gland by a relatively small team. A lot more Google employees worked on the first model.
It is reported that over two years Glass EE was able to test employees of more than 10 different companies. In this case, the difference between the first and second models of glasses can be seen in the photo below.
Why all this? The fact is that the "specialization" of the device is not as a consumer device, but as a tool for working it really makes sense. Points help industrial workers to perform their task more effectively. When the shift ends, the glasses are left in the factory.
Analysts have long predicted that in the future such gadgets will be actively used at enterprises of all types. According to the report of Forrester Research, by 2025 more than 14.4 million employees of enterprises from the US will wear smart glasses. This is not a tribute to fashion, let it be technological, but an attempt to work more efficiently using the achievements of science and technology. As far as we can judge, Google Corporation is not going to stop there, it intends to release Google Glass EE. In this case, glasses are not for ordinary consumers.
If desired, the smart part of the gadget can be disconnected from its base, and transferred to the rim of industrial glasses that meet all safety standards. In addition, Google Glass EE can be worn by even those users whose vision leaves much to be desired – the system can be worn on the rim of ordinary glasses. The frame is light (although it was never particularly heavy).
Among other improvements – the completion of Wi-Fi, which now works without problems, more efficient electronic stuffing, longer battery life. In addition, when writing video on the glasses, the green LED lights up, which was not the case before. "This model looks very much like the original Google Glass, but every element is improved here," says a spokesman for Upskill, who managed to test points in the case. "They saw how we use glasses (we talked about Google Glass developers – ed.) And decided to rethink everything-the charging, folding, waterproofing, WiFi."
As for the enterprise producing tractors and other equipment discussed above, it does not plan to abandon Google Glass. Now the company's employees do not lose a minute, getting information about upcoming tasks with the help of smart glasses. Their working day is divided into cycles. The duration of one cycle is 70 minutes, each cycle, in turn, is divided into steps with a duration of three to five minutes. When an employee begins to perform a task, he receives additional information with glasses, which helps to save time. As soon as the step is completed, the employee of the enterprise says: "Okay, Glass, preceed", and a new step begins.
Points tell you what equipment is needed during work, which parts are best suited for completing each cycle. If something looks broken, or the situation develops along the wrong path, you can take a photo or request help using a voice command. It is interesting that initially experienced employees of the enterprise considered that glasses can not help them, because they know their work like their own five fingers. But after a while skepticism went away, and instead of it there was a joyous surprise, as the glasses really were able to help the employees to perform their tasks if not ideally, then close to it.
The effectiveness of the glasses is noticeable to the naked eye. Sometimes the employees of the machine-building enterprise in question are taken to other departments and departments of their company, where work is done, similar to what they do themselves. And those people who used smart glasses with their tips sometimes find it difficult to keep from not asking their colleagues to work faster – the new method is so effective.
The cost of the corporate version of the glasses is $ 1300-1500, but they continue to be ordered, as they only benefit. At the moment, the company in question has purchased several hundred points, and plans to acquire another one thousand. Help with this unusual gadget is helped by trainings – they are conducted at the very beginning, for beginners, plus similar work is carried out some time later. In the mouth of the management, it is interesting to explain why employees generally have such glasses: "We do not replace human employees with robots that can perform better than people, instead we help people work more effectively."
Indeed, this accessory helps people to work better. This is evidenced by the data of a very serious study, over which they worked for several months. Agree with the results of the study and representatives of companies that have had time to experience augmented reality glasses from Google. For example, GE claims that the time that employees spend on performing certain tasks has been reduced by 46%, so that all work has significantly accelerated.
Try glasses and in DHL. This transport company said that it plans to purchase immediately 2,000 devices that will go to the most loaded of their employees. Not only management, but also ordinary employees of companies, where video glasses are used, tell about successes. For example, ordinary GE employees say that wearing Google Glass, they began to make much less mistakes.
And of course, Google Glass EE can be useful not only for management and employees of industrial enterprises. These video glasses can be extremely useful in other branches of science, technology and medicine. The doctor, for example, will not be superfluous to look at the mini-projector signs of a disease during the diagnostic work, or to specify the dose of the drug prescribed to the patient.
The medical company Dignity Health also had time to experience points. The management says that now employees do not spend 33% of their working time on specifying any data, but only 10%.
By the way, not so long ago Google Glass was criticized for the fact that they will finally force the community to immerse themselves in virtual reality and forget about the real world. But now the same people who scolded the first version of glasses, praise the second. In fact, this device is very useful in the workplace, it can be used with great profit for the cause. Professions and spheres where you can use the augmented reality glasses, a lot. And now Google Glass is only beginning to show itself, over time many people can go to them. "Google Glass in the company is not a toy at all. It's a tool that improves our capabilities and allows us to better perform professional duties, "says one of the eyewear tester.
The fact that the Google Glass project will soon be restarted was reported about two years ago. Then it was said that the developers who are involved in creating a new generation of glasses are going to take this work more seriously, and their main goal is "turning the concept into reality."