In 2015, Google Inc plans to re-launch Google Glasses with two technological amendments – the gadget will use Intel Inside processors, instead of Texas Instruments chips, and there will also be available biometric authentication.
Intel now plans to promote these glasses to working places through its “Glass at Work” project. Google representatives say that these glasses would come in handy to employees who have their hands occupied but also need information for their daily work tasks, such as health care, manufacturing and construction workers. It seems that for private consumers Google Glass will remain a crossover device.
The new Google Glass will also provide a new method of authentication – eye recognition. Users’ iris, retina and even eye veins will be mapped and used for log-in operations. If these elements do no not match original images stored into glasses, the device remains inoperable. Further security elements are available, such as user’s location, or user’s daily route, calendar information etc. These elements show that Google designed its new Glasses for work place environments.
Google plans to launch its intel-powered Google Glass by switching to business audiences since its glasses got very controversial for private users. In a recent poll, more than 72% of Americans wouldn’t buy these glasses for privacy reasons.
Many Glass app creators said that they had abandoned their private consumer projects because there was no further demand for the device. However, Google may have switched to business sector but it also hopes some day a new app would reignite interest for the product. Some of the ideas may be a projector added to the Glass frame.
Meanwhile, US are working on banning Google Glass for drivers, and dozens of restaurants, casinos, sport facilities, cinemas or strip clubs are banning the glasses for privacy reasons.
The Guardian called the glasses a “fascinating failure” since it lacked any usefulness.
People also refused to talk to somebody wearing Google Glass because there was no privacy of the conversation since all conversations are surely recorded. Also, some Google Glass users were assaulted for wearing it in public, while several celebrities refused to wear the glasses for being too dorky.
There are also some internal issues on Google side – several key developers of the product have left the company, for instance director Babak Parviz, electrical engineering chief Adrian Wong or Ossama Alami responsible for developer relations.
Also, a former Google Glass business partner said that all of the private consumer start-ups were either dead or pivoted.