My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Google Glass coming to Enterprise users - Personal PC beginnings to replace smartphones and Gaming Consoles in 2016

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Google Glass coming to Enterprise users - Personal PC beginnings to replace smartphones and Gaming Consoles in 2016

Google Glass is coming back, but not how you might expect.

The new Google Glass, dubbed Google Glass 2.0, is set to comeback as EE (Enterprise Edition) to cater to Enterprise customers as reported in the article “The Next Google Glass Will Focus on the Enterprise”, published July 4, 2015 by David Nield, Digitaltrends.

The XE (Explorer Edition) wasn't a success and that programme got scuppered in January 2015 due to lack of interest because of its controversial uses and high price tag.

But as I'd noted in my blog article entitled “@googleglass Explorer Program ends – Google Glass going Enterprise as Cheaper Version coming against Microsoft Hololens” it had already drawn a lot of commercial interest from the US Military and Medical Doctors who already find the product useful as a wearable reference computer.

This latest report suggests that Google is ramping up to produce what can be dubbed as the second coming of the Google Glass. New staff hires have been noted that are related to Google Glass, suggesting that these Enterprise customer want Glass in large quantities.

Whispers online hinted at Google partnering with Intel as a new processor partner to replace Texas Instruments in a bid to have a steady supply of mobile Processors and also to make Google Glass a low-powered thinner device as I'd predicted in my blog article entitled “Google Glass with Intel Chips - US$199 Google Glass Plus coming as Intel Core M 14nm Processor shrinks Battery for US Army and Medical Doctor Demand”.

Google Glass 2.0 will therefore look like a pair of ordinary glasses, finally!

Google Glass coming to Enterprise users - Partnership with Ubeam to make batteries smaller

Their latest patent filing also hint at a much thinner product that hopefully will also ditch that huge battery for a much smaller one.

A possible solution could be the use of Ultrasonic power transfer to power Google Glass by licensing the technology from Meredith Perry's Ubeam startup as explained in my blog article entitled “Meredith Perry's Ubeam Ultrasonic Power Transfer and the Venture Capitalists - Ubeam's Wireless Charging Future is a Good Vibration with a Magnetic Personality”.

That way, the Google Glass could share the power from the smartphone that the individual wearing their Google Glass has in their pocket. This is now possible thanks to the fact that the most recently released smartphones have a USB 3.1 Type-C Connector, which allows you to use your smartphone as a source of power.

Google merely has to work with Ubeam to make a USB 3.1 Type-C Connector device that converts that battery power to ultrasonic waves and design a Ubeam/Google ultrasonic receiver in Google Glass to keep the device powered while the persons works.

Google Glass, dear reader, is far from dead.

And yes, all bets are still on for Google Glass replacing the smartphone as I’d predicted in my blog article entitled “Google Glass Designer Isabelle Olsson puts Leopard frames on Google Glass - Smart + Sexy = Smexy glasses Katy Perry Roar for Tablet and smartphone Extinction”.

Google Gearing up for VR in 2016 - Personal PC beginnings for smartphone replacements

In fact, Google Glass will introduce AR to Google Android smartphones in much the same way Android Wear’s latest updates make smartwatches an extension of your smartphone’s functionality as pointed out in my Geezam blog article entitled “Google updates Android Wear before the Apple Watch Deliveries on April 24th 2015”.

The only difference now is that we have a wave of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) products coming from new competitors as reported in my blog article entitled “@Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 - How @samsung Gear VR is Gearing up for Competition in the VR and AR Space”.  

Microsoft Hololens, Sony Morpheus VR Headgear, Samsung Gear VR and the HTC Vive VR Headgear are just the beginning of a bigger wave of VR Headgear coming in 2016. We might even begin to see “White Label” VR Headset coming from China that copy the functionality of these more expensive headsets capable of working on any smartphone.

Google knows that other hardware Developers are out there and is alledgedly developing a Google Android specifically for VR to jumpstart the industry, which is expected to be big by 2016 as reported in my blog article entitled “@google to develope Google @Android for VR - Why a VR and AR War is looming on the Horizon in 2016”.

If Google is really pushing Google Glass into the Enterprise World because of demand, it stands a better chance of proliferating to regular customers. These large Enterprise customers have employees that will use the technology in their field of work.

Once they get comfortable with the technology, they'll become evangelists to family and friends and gradually the product will become popular with regular customers in much the same way the personal computer got its start.

Google Glass and Video Gaming – AR in the Real World as VR’s the new Console

As the technology improves and Google Glass begins to look more like an ordinary pair of glasses, I'm predicting that they'll become an AR competitor to Microsoft Hololens. They'll become Google’s challenger in the AR field. 

VR seems set to become the next replacement for Video Gaming Consoles by 2017 with early signs being shows at the E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo) as explained in the article “The biggest video game conference of the year is becoming the virtual reality show”, published June 13, 2015, by Ian Sherr, CNET News.  

As for VR, the script is yet to be written as we'll know how it all shakes down by 2016.

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