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How Factory Workers Are Using Once-Dead Google Glass

There was a time when Google Glass was deemed the future — one in which people might walk the streets wearing a glass tab over one eye to display information beamed from their smartphones. But after criticism and safety concerns, the idea was killed as a consumer project.

Instead Alphabet, Google’s parent company, secretly began marketing the product to be used by factory workers. Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins speaks with Steven Levy (@StevenLevy), editor of Backchannel, about the resurrection of Glass.

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Google Glasses displayed in San Francisco in 2013. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
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Google Glasses displayed in San Francisco in 2013. (Jeff Chiu/AP)