Hey, do you remember Google Glass? That awkward-looking headset that’s apparently perfect for live streaming skydiving and creeping out the people around you? Well, you can now buy its successor, Google Glass 2, through resellers. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Google Glass has a rocky history. The idea seemed sound at first blush: give the people easy access to Augmented Reality and camera recording on a (not very) comfortable headset. But it didn’t do much, and a lot of what it did creeped people out. That’s in part because you couldn’t tell when people were recording and taking pictures.
Google went back to the drawing board and ultimately decided it was best if Glass wasn’t a consumer product after all. Instead, the company came back with an updated version aimed solely at enterprise buyers. Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 looks like half a unit compared to the first iteration, and that’s in part so companies can choose whether to attach safety glasses, standard glasses, a simple band, and so on.
It’s a sensible move and one that Microsoft also took with its more capable (and more uncomfortable) HoloLens project. But that somewhat changes today. Google is now allowing its resellers to offer Google Glass to just about anyone.
If you want to, you can go to a reseller, pick a Google Glass, a band (or buy a bundle), and order it for yourself. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. While Google used Android for Glass’s OS base, it comes with limited functions and apps (called cards). The idea is that when an Enterprise business purchases Glass, it can make changes and customize the interface as needed.
As a consumer, that calls for a lot of work, especially given the cost. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Developer Pod goes for $1,100 just for the glass pod half, you’ll still have to swing for a titanium band or buy the bundle. That cost is in line with Enterprise products, and something large businesses can easily handle. But it’s no tidy some for an individual wanting a fun toy.
That’s why you’ll find resellers posting warnings like this one:
This product is intended for developer, commercial and enterprise customer only.
So yes, you can buy Google Glass 2 right now if you want to. But unless you have a specific reason to, you probably shouldn’t.
via Android Central