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The next Google Glass is taking shape, and it's aiming for the workplace

The first pictures of the headset have been released as it repositions itself as a tool for the workplace.

The original Google Glass was shelved after public criticism and concerns surrounding privacy.
The original Google Glass was shelved after public criticism and concerns surrounding privacy.
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AT THE START of the year, Google Glass was brought back to the drawing board after public backlash, but it’s now close to ready for its return.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Google has submitted its design to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for review. While it looks similar to the original version, but there are a few small changes.

The main difference is it’s now foldable so it can be stored like a regular pair of glasses. The device is more durable and is waterproof so it can survive falls and other potential accidents that may occur.

Earlier reports say it will come with 5GHz WiFi support and include a faster Intel processor as well as an improved battery and camera. The prism located at the front is said to be larger, providing a bigger display, and the power button is now located at the back instead of the side.

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The device has been developed under Nest CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell since it stopped its Explorer programme back in January.

After much hype surrounding its reveal back in 2012, concerns about privacy, a high price tag, and whether it was safe to use in situations like driving hampered its progress.

The device is now being developed with the workplace in mind with Google running a Glass at Work programme for partnered companies. The companies involved work in areas like healthcare, art and culture and manufacturing.

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