Google announced yesterday that they’re improving Google Glass with version 2. One of the biggest changes in the new version is the move away from bone conduction for audio, to a more tradition earbud. This will be a mono earbud and hence only be available on one side of the glasses. After making the announcement they were flooding with interest about how this would look and work. Today Google have answered.
The picture above shows the newly designed v2 of Google Glass which features the new mono earbud. It looks to be attachable via a micro-USB cable which means you could opt to leave it at home if you chose. If you’ve ever worked in a call centre, you’re probably already familiar with 1 sided audio, it sucks.
Google are likely steering way from the typical stereo audio experience to avoid calls of safety on top of the already suspect privacy implications of glass. By having only one ear connected to glass, it leaves the other free to hear the outside world or engage in conversations. Scary concept hey.
Later this year, all Glass Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames. All Explorers will have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program.
Just want to let everyone at Google and Google Explorers know that I want in on the action. Even with the crazy price tag, as a developer, I want to experiment with writing for the transformative platform.