Remote work is more prevalent than ever because of the pandemic, yet there are some who have to stay in the field. So the latest Google Glass update will let people use Google Meet to share what they’re seeing through Glass, for a more interactive video chat.
Google used its data centers as an example. “Using Meet for Glass, Google’s data technicians can connect with each other to diagnose an issue, review equipment and even train new employees. They’re able to work independently and still easily collaborate with others across their facility, in other buildings or even with employees who are working from home,” Dave Citron, Google Meet Product Manager, and Cecilia Abadie, Glass Enterprise Product Manager, wrote in a blog post. “People dialed into Meet can see exactly what the data technician is doing and communicate clearly with them to provide real-time feedback.”
Though it may seem a little Big Brother to have someone watching what you’re doing, Citron and Abadie say it means people don’t have to balance bulky webcams or laptops while trying to demonstrate something with their hands.
Google says Meet for Glass could also benefit manufacturers or medical technicians who need input from remote experts, while realtors could conduct virtual tours using Glass.
Google is inviting Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) customers to apply for a beta program to get early access to Meet for Glass.
Google Glass debuted in April 2012 as “Project Glass,” and for awhile they were a must-have gadget among Silicon Valley types. They could only be picked up in person and cost $1,500. Ultimately, though, they were pretty dorky-looking and faced some technical limitations and privacy concerns. By 2015, the consumer version of Glass was dead, and an enterprise-focused version debuted two years later.
A big update in 2019 included a better processor and camera, and slightly better battery life, but Google now faces competition in the space from Microsoft and its HoloLens AR headset.