To most people, Google Glass died in 2015. But for businesses, smart glass is a growing industry.
Google has several corporate partners for Google Glass at work. For example, San Francisco-based start-up, Augmedix built its business off smart glass. The vast majority of its customers – doctors at large hospitals – are using Google Glass, which has helped doctors transcribe notes from patient interactions. During consultations, Doctors wear Google Glass and transmit video to medical scribes, who take notes. This enables doctors to focus more on their patients and less on the “paperwork.”
At AGCO, factories workers started using Google Glass in 2015 and still uses them today. Staff wear the Glass on the production line to help guide workers through assembly instructions, much more efficient than having to go look at a computer screen.
“It took a little getting used to. But once I got used to it, it’s been just awesome,” AGCO worker Heather Erickson told NPR. “I don’t have to leave my area to go look at the computer every time I need to look up something.”
Tiffany Tsai, one of the early users of Google Glass says one reason for it being discontinued for consumer use was its challenging of social norms.
“On Google Glass, [another person] has no idea what’s happening, does not see anything that the user is looking at or analyzing,” Tsai says. “And that creates this disconnect between people, and I think that that’s highly frowned upon right now, especially with older generations.”
While Google Glass is not accepted by all, in certain industries it is not only accepted, it’s desired.
Google’s Glass at Work program lists more companies that use the product; from medical and surgery industries, to IT, analysis, and manufacturing.
Google Glass will make a strong push in the consumer market. They recently added a new update and we’re ready to take it on when it comes back. Glasslandia Season 2 here we come!