【新版谷歌眼镜没镜片?】

【新版谷歌眼镜没镜片?】谷歌正在研发一款新版本的“谷歌眼镜”,它将使用骨传导扬声器代替镜片传送信息。这款产品或将提供给运动员使用。自从第一款谷歌眼镜遭遇挫折后,谷歌没有停止这项可穿戴设备的研发,目前有三个版本的眼镜产品正进行研发,它们将比原先的版本,将拥有防水、可折叠、更持久的电池电量。

Google Glass - without the glass? New version of wearable will use bone conduction speaker instead of a screen

  • Project Aura will use a 'bone conduction' speaker in sport model
  • Second version, aimed at corporate customers, will include a screen 

 

Google is experimenting with three new versions of its ill-fated Glass wearable computer - one on which dumps the screen.

Codenamed Project Aura, the gadget will instead use a 'bone conduction' speaker to tell users key information, and is likely to be aimed at athletes.

A second version, aimed at corporate customers, will include a screen, according to The Information.

 

'We’ve learned that Google's revamped Google Glass project, dubbed Project Aura, is working on a wearable with a screen—and at least one without,' Jessica Lessin, the founder of the site, claims.

'People tell us there have been three versions of the head-mounted device in development, although the three may be consolidated into two.'

Previous reports claimed Google has already secretly released a new clip-on version of Google Glass, and hopes to have a version ready to sell to businesses in the autumn, according to reports.

 

However, sources claim Glass' new boss Tony Fadell, an e-Apple employee who invented the Nest smart thermometer wants to redesign the headset from 'scratch' and won't release it until 'it's perfect'.

An FCC test report was submitted to the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) at the start of June and was made available on 1 July. It was first spotted by fan site DroidLife.

Electronic devices need to receive the FCC Declaration of Conformity, or FCC label, before they can be sold and manufactured in the US.

The new version of the wearable device will not be mounted on a head set like the original but will be attachable to any set of glasses or goggles.

 

The new Google Glass will be aimed at businesses in the healthcare, manufacturing and energy industries, according to The Wall Street Journal 

The search giant has also developed a new battery pack for the device that reportedly boosts the battery life to two hours.

Other improvements include increasing the size of the prism that projects images into the user's vision, effectively giving it a bigger display, while at the same time making it thinner and more compact.

A version will not be available to buy until the middle of 2016 at the earliest, according to the report.

The Wall Street Journal report, which cites sources 'familiar with the situation', comes after 9to5Google reported on leaks about the new device earlier this month.

The website reported that the next generation Google Glass will come with a range of new features including being foldable, waterproof and more durable, according to leaks.

Following the original's spectacular flop with consumers, the new device will not be called Google Glass 2.0, but is being developed under the name Enterprise Edition (EE).

This is seen as a spin-off of the Explorer Edition, and will feature incremental improvements and will be aimed at workplace.

Unlike the Wall Street Journal report, 9to5Google claims the new design will feature a robust hinge to allow the battery and computer modules to fold down like a regular pair of glasses, as well as a hinge on the other side.

 

But the gadget has also been made more hardy, with fewer places for water to seep in, making the model more waterproof than the original, according to sources.

The new design is made to be usable in a hospital or factory, with a focus on practicality, and the original's focus on fashion and glamour will be gone.

Earlier in July leaks from the company showed a device with a bigger viewing prism for a better visual display, despite complaints that Google Glass was too bulky and nerdy.

The EE is also said to include an Intel Atom processor for improved performance and battery life.

Some users of Glass, which was pulled in January following poor sales and mixed reviews, complained of eye strain after prolonged use.

This may explain why Google might have decided to include a larger screen in its next design, 9to5Google reported.

It’s rumoured that final iterations of the EE will include a prism that extends further, allowing wearers to glance upwards and focus on the screen more comfortably than before.

Sources suggest the screen resolution of the EE might be better too.

In December, The Wall Street Journal reported that the forthcoming device will have a new low-power Intel chip in a bid to boost battery life.

This has been confirmed by 9to5Google’s sources, who say it will boast an Intel Atom chip, although it’s not clear which model.

This could potentially make the smart spectacles a bit faster than top of the range Android smartwatches.

 

Google has previously vowed to design Glass 'from scratch' and papers filed by Google reveal the tech giant has successful tested a mystery device dubbed GG1, which is thought to stand for Google Glass.

The test report was submitted to the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) at the start of June and was made available on 1 July. It was first spotted by fan site DroidLife.

Google's mystery device is simply described as an instrument in the filing and as 'Bluetooth & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac', suggesting it is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled.

The model number is the biggest hint at the device being the next-generation headset, although tablets and phones also come with these features so it could be a different device entirely.

 

Aside from saying it was committed to working on the future of the product, Google gave no timescale for the launch of an improved product.

The previous Google Glass headset was launched in a beta version under the firm's Explorer programme.

This programme gave software developers the chance to buy Glass for $1,500 (£990), and was launched in the US in 2013 and in the UK in last summer.

'It's hard to believe Glass started as little more than a scuba mask attached to a laptop,' the Glass team said in a post on Google+ last month.

'We kept on it, and when it started to come together, we began the Glass Explorer Program as a kind of 'open beta' to hear what people had to say.'

'Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk.

'Well, we still have some work to do, but now we're ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.'

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