Google Glass is back, and how!

Google Glass was down in the dumps and a lot of us had even forgotten about it, thanks to the colossal disaster it turned out to be. However, several images of a revamped version of the wearable have now surfaced on the Federal Communications Commission website and they look a lot like actual eye glasses.

It's not that Google had completely shut down the project. Despite being very very expensive for individual buyers (it cost more than a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus), Google Glass found several takers from the corporate world. However, lack of sales and mounting costs had forced Google to close sales of the device a year ago.

Google Glass 2 will be more fash than tech

However, as a glimmer of hope, Luxottica, owner  of popular brands like Ray Ban and Oakley and Chanel and Prada, partnered with Google to develop and fine tune the Google Glass 2. The announcement of this took place along with the appearance of a "smart Bluetooth Low Energy device" by Google at the Federal Communications Commission.

"In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3. What you saw was version 1. We're now working on version 2, which is in preparation," said Massimo Vian, CEO of Product & Operations at Luxottica.

Even with prescription lenses, Google Glass is banned from UK cinemas

In the meantime, Google continued working on Cardboard, it's first VR device. Last month, YouTube made its Android app of playing virtual reality videos, letting you view content in 360-degree when viewed through Cardboard. However, Cardboard can play only those VR videos which were made compatible with the Cardboard viewer before being uploaded to YouTube.

Going by the images released on the FCC website, Google Glass 2 seems to be sporting a new foldable design which will let you store it just like you store your regular eyeglasses. Even though the controls seem to be quite similar to those in the original Google Glass, there's a new Intel processor as well as a larger display for better performance and style.

Blog: Google's Glass is no longer half full

Google Glass was first unveiled in 2012 and went on sale on a large scale in 2014. However, its high cost and limited features turned buyers away, forcing Google to shut shop later in the year. However, Google Glass managed its share of controversy soon after it was launched, earning a ban from cinemas in the UK thanks to its recording ability.

"If a customer turns up wearing Google Glass with prescription lenses and has no ordinary pair of glasses with them, then it is likely they will be refused entry. If any customer is found using wearable technology in the auditorium, then they are likely to be asked to leave. If they are suspected of recording images, then the police will be called,” said Phil Clapp, chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association to Mobile Choice.

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