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An Apple Worldwide Developers Conference attendee wears Google Glass in San Francisco, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Factory workers are making use of a new version of Google Glass


A new version of Google Glass is changing the way factory workers at several companies do their jobs. Companies including General Electric, Boeing, Volkswagen and DHL have been encouraging their employees to wear the glasses while they work, according to Backchannel.

Steven Levy, who visited a tractor factory in Minnesota, talked to workers using the technology. One worker told Levy it is very useful.

"Glass is not a hip way to hang apps in front of [the worker's] eyeballs, but a tool — as much a tool as her power wrenches. It walks her through her shifts at Station 50 on the factory floor, where she builds motors for tractors," Levy wrote.

Google has struggled to sell Google Glass and in 2015 announced it would stop selling the product altogether. The glasses came under scrutiny after people realized individuals could record videos while wearing them and record things without people's consent.

Shortly after the product was released, bars, cinemas and hospitals across the country banned people from entering while wearing them.

Google has made several improvements to Google Glass. The glasses now have a camera button, an extended battery life and a red light that turns on when the glasses are recording something.

A recent Forrester Research report predicts that by 2025, nearly 14.4 million U.S. workers will wear smart glasses.

One Twitter user thinks journalists can also make use of them.

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