Google Glass Enterprise Edition Hits FCC With Faster Wi-Fi, Intel Atom And Folding Design

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Things on the Google Glass front have been relatively silent for the past three months. After effectively killing the Glass Explorer program earlier this year, Glass was transitioned in September out of the Google X development lab to its own Project Aura division, which is helmed by Tony Fadell.

Now, thanks to a recent FCC filing, we’re getting a look at what Fadell and his Project Aura team have working on in secret. A new version of Glass, dubbed the Enterprise Edition, is aimed at the business market and features a number of enhancements that make the wearable superior to its predecessor.

For starters, the rigid platform of the Explorer Edition has given way to a more traditional folding style common with traditional eyewear. That makes the Glass Enterprise Edition easier to transport, allowing it to be discretely slipped into a pants pocket when not in use.

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On the processing front, we have received confirmation of a report earlier this year that the Enterprise Edition is packing Intel power (specifically, an Atom processor). The move to Intel power has resulted not only in an increase in performance, but also battery life, which is welcome news. Streaming applications should also see some performance improvements thanks to a new 5GHz band for Wi-Fi and there’s also nan upgraded camera onboard. The word on the street is that the Enterprise Edition is also waterproof, dust-resistant and able to survive repeated drops to help the wearable survive more demanding working conditions.

According to a report earlier this year, Google has already distributed hundreds of the Enterprise Edition to customers under the Glass for Work program. What remains to be seen, however, is if Glass will move from an internal “pet project” to a consumer version that empower a new generation of “glassholes”.