Google Meet for Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 launches closed beta
Google Glass, the company’s ill-fated heads-up AR display (or smart glasses if you prefer), is getting a new app. (No, you’re not reading a story from 2015). The new, official release is aimed at enterprises running Google Workspace and trialing the second generation of Glass, which isn’t available to the general public.
On a blog post, Google has announced a First Look closed beta of Google Meet for Glass is being made available by invite. The combination brings 2020 video conferencing to teams using Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. The team says that combining the two products will allow teams to video conference whilst keeping free hands for tasks. Plus, of course, in true 2020 style, it increases the possibilities for socially distanced working.
Google has been dogfooding the device in its own data centers, where workers are often separated by lines of racks, not to mention entire continents. Google Meet offers a service to anyone with an internet connection, so it could (at least hypothetically) even be used by astronauts – who tend to need their hands free more than most. Other use cases suggested by Google include field service technicians unable to attend in person and real-estate agents offering virtual tours.
Google explains: “Glass has been helping on-site essential workers for years and now with Meet for Glass, we’re excited to continue supporting companies navigate new challenges with remote work as they unfold across industries.”
The pairing of a failed consumer product turned enterprise and an enterprise product that – thanks to the pandemic – has become popular with consumers, has a certain irony about it. But with Google’s current ambitions for Glass, it’s a logical one that has a lot of potential. If you work at an organization that uses Glass Enterprise Edition 2, you can register your interest in trying Meet for Glass at this link. You’ll be asked, “How do you think Glass could help your business?”. Just mention ‘Meet for Glass’ in your response.