Google Glass is already a very popular device among consumers (both positively and negatively) but the device’s business or more practical applications have been the most successful so earlier this year Google announced its “Glass at Work” program which certifies companies to develop Glass apps for business or professional use. Today, Google has officially launched the program by announced its first five “Glass at Work” partners – APX Labs, Augmedix, CrowdOptic, GuidiGo, and Wearable Intelligence – which belong to various business and professional industries including healthcare, live broadcasting, business software development, arts & culture, and manufacturing.
“In the last year we’ve seen our Explorers use Glass in really inspiring and practical day-to-day ways. Something we’ve also noticed and are very excited about is how Explorers are using Glass to drive their businesses forward. A number of companies have already teamed up with enterprise software developers to create new ways to serve their customers and reach their business goals,” said the company in a post on Google Plus. “If you’re a developer who is creating software for U.S. based enterprises, we’d love your help in building the future of Glass at Work.”
APX Labs, one of the first five Glass Certified Partners, is working on a business software app called Skylight for Glass which gives workers real-time, hands-free access to company data; CrowdOptic develops context-aware applications for the sports, entertainment and medical industries that uses mobile and wearable devices to detect significant broadcast events; GuidiGo is looking to enhance the experience of consuming art and culture in museums and cultural institutions using Glass; Wearable Intelligence develops workflow, communications, training, and data access Glassware solutions for the energy, manufacturing, and healthcare industries, among others; and AugMedix provides a service that gives doctors not only access to patient medical records but also the ability to update those records in real-time with Glass.
Other than certification, companies that become Glass Certified Partners also become eligible for co-branding and listing on the Glass at Work website. Google Glass is still currently in beta but anyone in the US can already become an Explorer and purchase the device for $1,500 after the large success of a one-day sale the company held last April.