Google is testing a new version of Glass, the GG1

Google hasn’t given up on Google Glass, despite the chorus of naysayers early this year when the company closed down the Google Glass Explorer program (see Google Glass isn’t dead, it’s going to be Nestified). The emphasis on Glass has shifted to the world of work, and ‘graduated’ from Google[x] labs, as the team posted at the time:

Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.

New evidence shows that that Glass at Work is going strong: a new Glass device — the GG1 — has passed through the FCC, and we’ll likely start to hear about field trials with members of the Glass at Work initiative.

I expect a public announcement to head off leaks from those trials, so the company may make a disclosure to get ahead of that. The FCC information associated with the GG1 — uncovered by Droid Life — includes a request for confidentiality from Google’s Warwick Wong, which says, in part (emphasis mine):

Date: May 15, 2015
Subject: Request for Confidentiality

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 0.457 and 0.459 of the Commission’s rules (47 CFR §§ 0.457, 0.459), Google Inc. requests that the Commission withhold the following attachments associated with the certification application for the above­ referenced FCC ID from public disclosure indefinitely.

  • Block Diagram
  • Schematics
  • Theory of Operation
  • Antenna Specification

In support of this request, we provide the following information:

  1. Identification of the specific information for which confidential treatment is sought (§ 0.459(b)(1)): We request that all of the information contained in the above­ referenced exhibits to the certification application be withheld from routine public disclosure.
  2. Identification of the Commission proceeding in which the information was submitted or a description of the circumstances giving rise to the submission (§ 0.459(b)(2)): The material is being submitted in connection with our certification application for FCC ID A4R­GG1.
  3. Explanation of the degree to which the information is commercial, or financial or contains a trade secret or is privileged (§ 0.459(b)(3)): The market for the technology that is the subject of the certification application is highly competitive, with numerous companies competing for the business of potential customers. Were our competitors to become aware of the facts set forth in the above­ referenced exhibits to the application at this time, it could have an adverse impact on our competitive standing and deprive us of the marketplace benefit we otherwise might achieve by virtue of having the product available before other competitors. If any of the information for which confidential treatment is sought were to be made publicly available, our competitors could reasonably determine the scope and status of our activities.

You bet they would.