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Google Glass 2.0 Is Real, And THIS Is What It Looks Like

29/12/2015 10:54 GMT | Updated 29/12/2015 10:59 GMT

At long last we can confirm that Google Glass is NOT dead.

In fact we can go one step further and show you exactly what it looks like, courtesy of the American legal system.

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These leaked images reveal the all-new Google Glass 2.0, proving wrong the theory that Google had canned the Augmented Reality headset after privacy concerns plagued its initial release.

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Judging by these pictures it looks like the new headset will share many of the same features as the old one, however 9 To 5 Google believes that the company will start focusing on the Glass as a business-first product rather than something for the average Joe like us.

It's believed that the new Glass will come with a larger screen, negating the pesky teething issues that plagued the first model and that it'll come with an Intel Atom processor inside.

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Of course there's very little information on when Google plans to unveil its new AR headset, and with the arrival of virtual reality in a BIG way, it's likely that the company won't talk about it until well after the VR hype has died down.

Augmented reality is very different from virtual reality - While virtual reality completely obscures your vision, replacing it with a virtual world around you, augmented reality overlays a digital world on top of the real one.

The result is that you can essentially 'upgrade' the real world by placing digital pointers within it. Microsoft's home-based version HoloLens uses a powerful onboard computer to turn the real world into a living, breathing computer that you can interact with.

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Google Glass on the other hand simply overlays simple information such as map directions, weather information and can also send you notifications from your smartphone.

While the Google Glass 2.0 release date is all but a secret, there's one thing that everyone will want to know and that's how Google plans to address the privacy issues. While it looks like this new model keeps the front-facing camera it'll be interesting to see if Google negates the privacy problems by providing some form of visual cue that the device is recording or taking a picture.