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Glass in Class

It seems reports of Google Glass’ death have been greatly exaggerated.

The search giant, which scrapped an early version of its internet-connected smart glasses in January, has developed a second model just for businesses and classrooms

The new Google Glass allows the mini-computer, which is faster, to be attached to different glasses via a button-and-hinge system. The battery life has been boosted to two hours and the wireless connectivity has been improved.

The iconic glass prism on the original Glass that projects images into the user’s line of sight is longer and thinner, and can now be moved vertically as well as horizontally.

Google has also developed its own battery pack for the gadget, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to WSJ, the device has been handed to businesses to use in offices and will not be released to the public. A new version will be available to buy until at the middle of 2016.

However, it will raise hopes that Google is working on a consumer version of Glass, just six months after scrapping its global launch.

In a dramatic U-turn, the search giant said it would stop selling the £1,000 smart glasses just months after launching in the UK.

Despite having been in development for more than three years, Google Glass was still officially a prototype.

Nick Clegg tried out Google Glass last year

The Google Glass team was moved out of the Google X division, where projects are incubated, and became its own entity within the wider business.

Tony Fadell, who was placed in charge of the Glass team, reportedly wanted to redesign the product from scratch.

 

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