Google may soon offer a new version of its Google Glass wearable later this fall. A new report says that the company will keep the hype down on this release, as it plans to offer it to businesses working in healthcare, manufacturing, and energy.
Like I said over a year ago:
No, I think the real value of Glass lies in an entirely different area Google seems to have been ignoring so far. It’s a far less sexy area than the world of designer glasses and paragliders, but one that offers far, far more potential: ‘traditional’ workplaces. Construction. Road works. Law enforcement. The military. Farmers. Firefighters. Plumbers. Roofers. You name it. People who work with their hands in potentially dangerous environments, who can use the heads-up display for at-a-glance, crucial information while out in the field.
If I can come up with something, anybody can.
The days when common sense was the rule.
As an avid paraglidist, I can assure you that the world of paragliding has no contact with the one of designer glasses, Tag-Heuer watches and 500â‚¬ dawn jackets, but more plastic bike glasses, g-shocks and dusty track suits.
And, as you say, as a somewhat dangerous activity where you depend on real-time navigational and environmental information, it is the perfect small world where Google Glass could offer wonderful service. But as for now, I don’t think it can run uninterrupted for hours, with GPS on all the time, permanently floating flight data before your eyes.
Isn’t MicroSoft already there?