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article imageMysterious FCC approval could reveal a new Google Glass

By James Walker     Jul 5, 2015 in Technology
A mysterious FCC approval for a new Google device has surfaced. Details are scarce but it is believed that the product could be the next iteration of the wearable Google Glass headset, showing that the program is not cancelled as some have thought.
Glass overlays displays onto your vision so that you can view data as you walk along or carry out your usual actions. For example, while walking through a city, Glass could display a map route such that it is permanently in your vision. It could also tell you where to go using a bone-conductive speaker such that only you could hear the sound.
Google suspended sales of Glass in January. At $1,500, the headsets were neither widely available or particularly popular, marketed primarily at developers. They also drew controversy when used in locations like cinemas, leading to allegations of piracy by recording films using Glass' built-in camera.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has previously said that Glass is still in development though, despite the lack of evidence to prove it. However, Business Insider reports the first details of the next Glass may have appeared this week when the FCC approved a Google product known as "GG1."
The naming is obscure but could represent "Google Glass iteration 1" or similar. The device is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low-energy and a battery that cannot be accessed by the user. No other details are known as the FCC also approved a confidentiality request from Google.
The properties that are listed could be applicable to several different device types, including the next Google Chromecast which is expected next quarter. Droid Life points out that there are some tell-tale signs to suggest this is actually the next Glass headset though.
Notably, the approval label is an "e-label," meaning that the device does not carry a physical FCC sticker. Instead, it is embedded in the software of the device. The included picture of the e-label appears to be the same dimensions as that of Google Glass' display.
Additionally, the FCC says that to view the e-label you must "scroll left and right" from the settings menu, implying that swipe gestures are required. Again, this would fit with an interface used for Google Glass.
With such vague details and the possibility of this being something entirely different, it remains to be seen what the mysterious approval is actually for. With the name "GG1" and an e-label that appears to point directly to Glass, perhaps this is the first look into the next evolution of Google Glass though.
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