New Photos of Google Glass Look More Like a Regular Eyeglass

The new Google Glass has minor aesthetic improvements, such as the ability to fold at the hinges, according to Google's photos uploaded to the FCC. Google/FCC

Google Glass is making a comeback, and it's now foldable.

The augmented-reality headset designed to look like eyeglasses by Google, touted as the next big thing in tech hardware in 2013, was discontinued earlier this year. But a new model of Google Glass unceremoniously popped up in the Federal Communications Commission's website including pictures of the prototype. The Google-focused tech blog 9to5Google spotted the findings first.

The biggest aesthetic change to the new Google Glass is that it folds at the hinge like a regular eyeglass. The case as a whole looks more like a regular eyeglass than a wire-like futuristic headset, which was heavily mocked and criticized for looking "stupid" or "ugly."

According to another, more comprehensive photo of the Google Glass, the headset will continue to include the heavier touchpad on the right side of the frame,

On the inside of the frame, there is a speaker outlet and a set of charging pins directly connected to the internal battery. According to the manual, also found on the FCC website, the Glass is turned on by pressing the power button at the back end of the frame.

The new Google Glass has been in circulation for some time, albeit discreetly. Google has been quietly distributing it to businesses in the health care, manufacturing and energy industries, according to a July report from The Wall Street Journal.

The report also notes that the new Google Glass has "a faster Intel processor, improved battery life of as long as two hours and improved wireless connectivity." It remains unclear when and if the headset will be available for consumers.

Google has not responded to Newsweek's request for comment.