Google Is Working on Glass Successors—Some Without the Glass

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The team behind Google Glass is reported to be working on a successor to the occasionally controversial device, though it may not include the screen that made the original so distinctive.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the company’s Project Aura would help raise Glass from the dead. Now, according to a new report by The Information, Google has at least three prototypes in the works. One of those devices, reports the site, is a headset that relies solely on audio and would be styled as a sports device.

There are few further details about how that might work in practice, but it wouldn’t be the first audio-only wearable device to be tested. A collaborative project between Microsoft and Future Cities Catapult last year developed a headset the creates 3D soundscapes to provide the wearer with information about their surroundings—though that was an experiment in helping visually impaired people navigate city streets more effectively.

The Information also reports that Google is working on a further two devices aimed at at businesses. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: the original device seemed to find favour in the world of enterprise so it would make sense for the company to focus on it as a market. It’s not clear what kind of hardware those devices may use—but screens may well be included. [The Information via Verge]