Talk to people about Google Glass and you’re bound to get a variety of answers. Some are concerned about its privacy implications, others just want to know when Google will start selling it to the public. It hasn’t widely been accepted, some establishments have even banned it outright. Though it has been embraced in others, such as law enforcement, medicine, athletics and even manufacturing. Google might lean on this to push Glass further into the workplace.
The New York Times is reporting that later today Google is going to announce a Glass for Work program. Under the program, business users will receive additional tools, such as tech support, when they purchase Google Glass for the entire outfit. The program will also be able to identify areas where Glass can be useful for business users, and it may also include apps developed for a particular business.
Units sold under the Glass for Work program may differ from conventional units. For example software created by Wearable Intelligence, used by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, doesn’t let doctors take pictures or operate the unit outside the hospital. It even has safeguards to protect the patient’s medical information, and no information is sent to Google’s servers.
Not a lot of details about Glass for Work are available right now, so we’ll have to wait for the official word from Google on this. So far, Google hasn’t announced anything.