Google has not yet confirmed the release of its next-gen Enterprise Edition Glass, but it has somehow found its way onto eBay after being sold to a pawn shop in San Francisco. Though it is not uncommon for unreleased gadgets to pop up in all sorts of places these days, this was very unexpected.
How it compares to the earlier version
Google has not been very vocal about its plans for Google Glass after it pulled the original version last summer. However, there are reports claiming that work is going on inside the company on a new wearable for enterprise customers. For the first time, that model has been pictured.
This new model comes with hinges which were not there in the Explorer edition of Glass, and they allow the device’s arms to fold in like they do on traditional glasses. Additionally, this version has a proprietary power and data connector that uses magnetic pins.
It is believed that the display is larger than before and shows more information. There are reportedly few other differences other than an LED light that makes it clear when the device is recording a video, a more power-efficient processor, better battery life and support for 5GHz Wi-Fi. However, the most recent leaked pictures of the device do not confirm any of these things.
Is this a real Google Glass?
Also it can be seen that on the inside of the black-plastic hinge that the word “GLASS” is printed in all caps, and there is an artful slant to the letter A in particular. No one from Google or Alphabet gave any confirmation, and the only thing that can be talked about at present is the degree of resemblance the pawn shop’s hardware has with the one in the December FCC filing. The Verge reports that it isn’t clear how this particular Glass headset made its way into a pawn shop’s hands. It is very likely that the device is an internal unit for testing.
According to The Verge, “A representative for A to Z Pawnbrokers, which has multiple locations around the San Francisco Bay Area, confirmed that it was selling the headset on eBay, but could not provide information on where it came from.”
Google will surely make an attempt to establish the device’s origin, but as things stand for now, eBay still has this headset for sale. The device has already attracted 34 bids with the highest being $1,575.