Google Glass AR can be directly purchased now

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for direct purchase. It has been nearly 1 year when it was launched through select workplace partners for $999 per unit. The price is still the same, unless you want an upgraded version with the Glass “pod.” You no longer need a middle man to purchase the piece.

This product is not designed for everyday consumer use, its primarily used for jobs in construction and on factory floors as well as the medical field, along with some other professions, as you can see in the video above.

“Since Glass Enterprise Edition 2 launched last May, we’ve seen strong demand from developers and businesses who are interested in building new, helpful enterprise solutions for Glass,” Jay Kothari, the Google Glass project lead, writes in a blog post published on Tuesday. “In order to make it easier for them to start working with Glass, they can now purchase devices directly from one of our hardware resellers, such as CDW, Mobile Advance or SHI.”

This piece should not be confused with the original Google Class device which went on sale six years ago with a price tag of $1,500. That device has never met its full potential due to criticism over its design and public recording capabilities. But since the AR field is constantly growing, Glass has found a new life in 2017 as a workplace tool.

This model came out in May 2019, and had a better processor and camera as well as a USB-C port, along with other minor updates. The translucent prism is still present, through which you view the heads-up display with your right or left eye, and it is fixed to the arm of a pair of eyeglasses. This allows it to be worn in workplaces where eye protection is needed or for individuals who require prescription glasses.

“Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is built on Android, so it’s easy for developers to work with, and for businesses to integrate the services and APIs (application programming interfaces) they already use,” explains Kothari. “We’ve also shared new open source applications and code samples, including sample layouts and UI components that may be helpful examples for those just getting started developing for Glass.”

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