The fascinating true story behind the failure of Google Glass

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Since the Google Glass Enterprise Edition is limited to factory workers, trainers and technicians, Google does not currently have a similar product for the general public. But things could change with its upcoming AR glasses, which could be the spiritual successor to Google Glass. Having learned from the failure of Google Glass, its upcoming smart glasses do not capture videos or photos for users due to privacy concerns.

Instead, Google’s AR glasses will be used to break down language barriers: if someone speaks to you in a foreign language, they’ll transcribe the audio and transmit the translated captions to the glasses in real time. It can also translate sign language – and if you’re deaf, it can also be helpful to understand people who don’t know sign language. Unlike Google Glass, the AR prototypes come with LED indicators that let others know when the camera is recording. The information recorded by the AR glasses during translation will be stored on Google’s secure servers and automatically deleted after 30 days. However, Google says it will not upload any data containing private information such as license plates, faces and signs to its servers.

Google’s AR glasses are currently in beta, and the tech company hasn’t revealed if and when they will be available to the public.

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