After reports of a work-focused “ Google Glass Enterprise Edition” began swirling around the net, photos of the upcoming headset have finally surfaced thanks to the FCC. The Commission posted a handful of photos in its documentation, showing the device from every angle and even open, exposing all of the device’s (hopefully improved) internal hardware.
For the most part, things look largely the same as previous models, with the exception of a large metal hinge being added, probably so the display can fold completely flat against the rest of the device. Word on the street is this updated version of Glass will be much more durable than previous models and distributed only to Google’s Glass for Work startups. A separate model — sans the display — aimed at fitness and sports is also said to launch sometime later.
Recently, the Google Glass team shifted gears, moving Glass out of Google’s X Labs and officially renaming it Project Aura. This may have had something to do with the team now reportedly working on more than just Glass with a handful of other wearables also in the works.
With the new Google Glass 2016 model already receiving its FCC certification, it seems it’s on a roll to finally launch next year. Although this wont be a general consumer release, who knows what else Google has planned for 2016. We imagine we’ll learn more during Google I/O where Google will more than likely make this new hardware available to developers to get up and coding on.