Fresh news for tech lovers: Google will stop selling its much hyped head-mounted computer to consumers – the Google Glass -and will come back with the new version ‘when they are ready’. This announcement comes as a part of a bigger transition they speak of – moving out of Google X research lab into a stand-alone unit. According to reports, the unit will be led by Ivy Ross, an executive and designer who was announced as head of Glass last year. Ross and her team will report to Tony Fadell, who heads Nest Labs, which was acquired by Google last year.

The Suspension of Google Glasses

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Google Glass has been synonymous with wearables in the enterprise domain and has already seen many success stories. A construction project manager used Google Glass to improve safety and efficiency, an art teacher used Google Glass to help teach her online class, a firefighter is building an app to help firefighters navigate dangerous situations and an oilfield services company that partnered with Wearable Intelligence to create checklists for technicians in the U.S. and overseas. Companies like Virgin Atlantic also used Google Glass with customer service agents, resulting in several positive reviews from passengers. And the possibilities for business apps on the Glass are endless. From remote selling to personal shopping applications of Google Glass extend as far as the eye can see, and as deeply as the mind can dream.

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 “The device is already being used for Policing services in the city of Dubai as well as in the healthcare vertical by physicians across the globe to access critical patient information in real time. It is also slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters worldwide are exploring options to bring fans closer to the action.

The Suspension of Google Glass

The Suspension of Google Glasses

Gogia explains that with Augmedix, the healthcare app developer for Google Glass receiving a series A funding of $16 million this month, more applications for the device in the healthcare segment are expected to come up this year, cementing the device’s position in the enterprise market. An Indian surgeon, based out of Chennai recently carried out two operations wearing Glass and allowed the world to see the procedure. With more healthcare apps in place, a new and improved Glass will surely be lapped up by the medical and paramedical forces.

The Suspension of Google Glasses

“Though the device is being discontinued by Google as it aims to come up with a more refined version of it for consumers, Greyhound Research believes that the device will continue to gain popularity in verticals including healthcare, law enforcement, Augmented Reality, Navigation, sports etc. with the existing application developers in place,” Gogia concludes.