Google wants its Google Glass face computer everywhere. It’s not just meant for walking around the streets or snapping photos of an unsuspecting passersby. Instead, Google wants to see Glass used in all parts of the world, whether it’s in the classroom or at work. In an effort to build up support for the latter, the company created its “Glass at Work” program, and on Monday it unmasked its first partners. “We’ve been searching for developers who are creating Glassware to help businesses reach their goals,” Google said. “We heard from hundreds of enterprise developers and today we’re excited to announce our first round of Glass at Work Certified Partners.”
Google Glass is quickly turning into the butt of a joke in the consumer market, where it’sbeing parodied on The Daily Show and elsewhere, and where the term “glasshole” is now a common way to refer to what someone people call “those face computers.” Today, Google is looking to rehab that image a bit by focusing on more practical applications designed for businesses. The company is announcing its first round of “Glass at Work Certified Partners.” The new partners include APX, Augmedix, Crowdoptic, GuidiGO and Wearable Intelligence. APX Labs makes Skylight, business software for Glass, which provides workers with real-time access to enterprise data; Augmedix offers a service for doctors; Crowdoptic detects broadcast events from mobile and wearable devices to market context-aware apps for sports, entertainment, building/security and medical industries; GuidiGo works with museums and cultural institutions to help visitors connect with art and culture through storytelling experiences; and Wearable Intelligence creates Glass apps for energy, manufacturing, healthcare, and more.