5 reasons why your company should try out smart glasses today
Smart glasses with head-mounted-displays have been around for a few years. Just like augmented and virtual reality, assisted reality has become part of our vocabulary. Although consumers won’t be wearing assisted reality smart glasses any time soon, businesses should consider deploying them in technical services and shop floor activities. In this article, we’ve listed 5 convincing reasons why you should start wearing them today.
1. A new generation of smart glasses entering the field
The announcement of the Glass Enterprise Edition officially lauded a new era for smart glasses. The second generation of smart glasses has longer battery life and increased processing power. Some start to live up to the industry requirements and can endure the hardships of the factory floor.
Glass Enterprise Edition
The idea that smart glasses are an independent hardware solution has also been challenged. Iristick’s smart glasses are for example connected with a smartphone, increasing both processing power and battery life.
2. Software applications designed for smart glasses, are part of the solution
Smart glasses are not a standalone piece of hardware; they should be complemented with specific software. Glass partnered up with 12 major players who have successfully implemented applications in companies. There is no common denominator between end clients. Smart glasses can be deployed across many sectors for countless use cases. Do you wish to digitalize your work instructions and checklists or do you prefer to delve deeper into tele-medicine? It’s all possible nowadays.
3. Plenty of deskless workers need information directly in their field of view
Why should a company prefer smart glasses over tablets or smartphones? Proceedix CEO Peter Verstraeten is adamant that you should only consider smart glasses if the work needs to be executed hands-free. Think inspections during field services, end-of-line quality control of heavy machinery or checklists during line clearance. With the right software you can project your workflow instructions on the head-mounted display.
4. Remote assistance requires the perspective of the person at work
Next to working hands-free, smart glasses are the ideal tool for remote assistance. In the last couple of years video-streaming software has made significant strides and is now operational in areas with little or no internet connection. The software is ready but the hardware is often the constraint. A field engineer holding a smartphone to stream the situation to a remote expert while being at work and pointing at the problem, needs more than one pair of hands.
Smart glasses revolutionize remote assistance because assistance and execution can finally be performed simultaneously. Distant technical experts can give live feedback, as smart glasses allow the expert to see what the technician sees.
5. Saving time and costs takes care of the ROI
Smart glasses will help your company save time and costs. Yes, a decent pair of smart glasses will cost about 1500 USD but the return on investment will be worth it. Expensive, time-consuming trips for your technical experts will be a thing of the past, just like replacement costs for broken tablets. Working hands-free on the factory floor not only increases efficiency for your experienced operators, it also reduces training time for newly hired employees.
Back in 2013, the research company Gartner predicted that smart glasses would help save the field service industry 1 billion dollars/year. With the latest technological advancements expect smart glasses to finally unleash their full potential.