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Google takes another stab at Google Glass

Google takes another stab at Google Glass

Remember Google Glass, the augmented reality headsets that flopped with consumers in 2014?

Well, the smart glasses still exist, and Google just gave them a facelift, better yet, an eye lift.

On Monday, Google announced a new version of the AR spectacles called "Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2." The business-focused bifocals have a new design, new specs and a $999 price tag.

Like the previous version of Google Glass, the new smart glasses are not being sold directly to consumers. Still, they come with an improved processor, a new artificial intelligence engine, an improved camera, faster charging and longer battery life, according to the tech giant.

The new Google Glass also costs $500 less than the previous generation.

The headset looks like a mix between a pair of standard black glasses and the goggles you wore in science class with the addition of a tiny camera and a glass prism that juts out in front of the wearer's right eye lens.

Imagine having a small display floating toward the top of your line of sight.  

Surgeons, factory workers and engineers can use the AR content that displays over the real world to view checklists, instructions or to send inspection videos.

The head-mounted optical display is significantly more affordable and much more limited than Microsoft's HoloLens 2, which costs more than $3,000.

Google Glass projects the image in front of one eye, unlike the HoloLens headset which displays projections for both eyes.

The search company also announced that it moved the product out its parent company's "moonshot factory" and into Google's family of products.

In case you don't remember, Google originally released a buggy beta version of the Glass in 2013, but it wasn't well-received due to its style, as well as privacy and functionality concerns. After lots of confusion surrounding whether the product was an experiment or a finished gadget, the search company officially pulled the plug on the   smart glasses in 2015.

In the years that followed, several other companies have developed various iterations of smart glasses including Magic Leap, Snapchat, Vuzix and Epson.

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