Google has announced that all Workspace (formerly G Suite) customers can now apply to access Google Meet through its face-mounted Glass device as part of an open beta program.
While many people have likely forgotten about the once consumer-focused Google Glass, the internet giant has continued to offer the augmented reality (AR) contraption to businesses as part of an Enterprise edition. So technical workers needing to carry out a real-world task with their hands, for example, could view written instructions directly in their line of sight.
Back in October, Google announced its Google Meet video-conferencing app was coming to Glass as part of an early-access program. This meant workers on the ground, perhaps in a warehouse or datacenter, could join a Google Meet conference and let others see what they are looking at in the field. This could be particularly useful when trying to solicit feedback on a technical issue from experts based in a different location.
Now, the integration is available to all Google Workspace customers using Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Given that Google Meet is integrated directly into Workspace, Glass users can join a scheduled meeting in Google Calendar directly from Glass.
This latest expansion serves as part of a broader push toward tools that help workers carry out their jobs remotely. While this type of technology can save time and money, as large groups of people donâ€™t have to congregate at a site to fix a problem, it also enables team collaboration while keeping people socially distanced. And a less technically minded person can look at a piece of equipment and implement a fix by receiving guidance from a technician on the other side of the world.