Google Glass, to be perfectly honest, was an ambitious project. It was a stylish leap into the future of the wearable technology, not to mention, the first of its kind. However, somehow the company lost interest in the project and it eventually fell apart.
However, those who have sought out a better utilisation of the technology are still making good use of Google's first-ever wearable. According to reports, Amsterdam's Schiphol hub in the Netherlands, one of Europe's busiest airports, is currently testing Google Glass for use by airport authority officers.
The airport authority at the Schiphol hub sees Google Glass as a hands-free way to look up gate and airplane information. Apart from that, it's also testing Google's face computer on travellers passing through the terminal to better comprehend the 'customer journey,' credit to the Glass' first person outlook.
More simply putting, the airport is trialling Glass with passengers, where the camera is used to estimate where and for how long passengers look. Apart from that, the microphone also records conversations, "so if a passenger were to look at a departure board for an extended period, then say 'this layout is confusing', it might prompt staff to examine their efforts," writes SlashGear.
However, that the Glass is now in proper use by the airport staff shouldn't come as a big surprise. While Google made the shocking announcement that it was halting sales of Google Glass' Explorer Edition (which cost $1,500), it still hasn't given up entirely on the technology.
Check out how the authority over at Schiphol uses Google Glass below:
In fact, a recent report from Wired stated that the Glass is far from dead and is still a major deal for those in the medical and industrial sectors.
"Google is selling these companies as many devices as they need, and by all appearances, it's ramping up the number of Google employees working to turn Glass into something more than a consumer gadget that looks funny on your face," the report states.
The way we see it, it is one of those technologies that may not be meant for mass consumer market. Rather, it's one of those that are destined to be of more use, as far as industrial and service industry applications are concerned. Apart from that, we don't see how Google could have re-introduced the Glass in the general market.
Stay tuned for more updates!