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FCC filings reveal a new version of Google Glass
The thing you weren’t waiting for.
Google Glass was one of Google’s most broadly panned failures, but the company apparently isn’t giving up on it. According to filings published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a new version of the wearable is on its way, and it looks surprisingly similar to the original version.
The documents submitted to the FCC provide the first look at a remodeled version of the headset. The biggest change to Google Glass, currently labeled as FCCID A4R-GG1, is a new foldable design that allows the device to be stored like a standard pair of glasses when not in use.
A smoother, rounder design has been utilized for Glass 2.0, and it appears the prism on the device is larger than on its predecessor, perhaps to provide users with a larger display. The power button has been shifted to the back of the device and a new, likely magnetic charging port has also been added.
According to a user manual included in the FCC documentation, the new version of Glass will include a camera light on the front of wearable that will glow green when the camera is activated. That means no more creep shots for the Glassholes who sport the device.
Most reports point to this version of Google Glass not being targeted toward the general public. Since Google killed off the initial version of Glass earlier this year, rumors of its return or successor have festered, with rumblings suggesting the company plans to target enterprise businesses. The new FCC information supports those rumors, as 9to5Google reports it is planned to be only distributed through the Glass at Work startups.
Previous reports have confirmed the new model of Glass will include an Intel Atom processor, improved battery life, and 5GHz WiFi band for video streaming.
Google has not formally acknowledged the existence of this new Glass yet and did not respond to request for comment. None of the Glass at Work companies that responded to the Daily Dot would confirm the new version of the wearable.
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.