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Second Time’s the Charm? Google Reveals New Glass Wearable

An upgraded version of Google Glass, a head-mounted computer, is underway, despite the tech giant’s announcement last year that had suspended development of the project.

​The first pictures to reveal the design of the new headset appeared in filings with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the organization that reviews and approves personal electronics. The filing also included the device’s internal circuitry and a manual.

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The photos show that the new device is designated GG1, possibly after the classic US electric railroad locomotive, and in the documents resembles the original Google Glass headset. The GG1 will look like a set of eyeglass frames with a foldable arm holding a screen mounted above the level of the eyes.

Unlike the first Google Glass, the next generation of wearable computers will be developed as a business tool rather than a personal gadget, according to media speculation. The Guardian suggested it could be aimed at the manufacturing and healthcare industries, where hands-free devices would be extremely useful.

Rumors that Google was developing a new edition of its gadget began circulating in the media in July, despite no confirmation of the existence of the project by the company.

Tech blog 9-to-5, as well as The Wall Street Journal wrote that a new version of the Google Glass would have a larger prism, a sturdier design and include an Intel Atom processor. Other speculations suggested the gadget would be waterproof.

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In developing Google Glass, the company saw many challenges. The 2012-released device for developers and its 2013 successor, targeting consumers, were both widely criticized for being too expensive.

The public use of Google Glass raised concern because the device was seen as an intrusion into privacy, especially with regard to recording people without permission. Sales were officially ended in January 2015.

A re-launch of the project, now integrated into a business environment, would allow Google to avoid privacy concerns.

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