5 reasons to try on smart glasses today

Published on January 26, 2021 by Peter Verstraeten

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Story highlights
  1. A new generation of powerful and performant smart glasses entered the field.
  2. Proven software applications designed for smart glasses are maturing.
  3. Plenty of deskless and frontline workers need information directly in their field of view.
  4. Remote assistance requires the perspective of the person at work.
  5. Saving time and costs takes care of the ROI.

1. A new generation of powerful smart glasses entered the field

The announcement of the Glass Enterprise Edition officially ushered in a new era for smart glasses. The second generation of smart glasses has longer battery life and increased processing power. Similar devices with different form factors such as Realwear HMT-1, the new Vuzix M400, give show signs handsfree displays will start to live up to the industry requirements and endure the hardships of the factory floor. Newcomer to the market, Iristick challenges the idea that smart glasses are an independent hardware solution Iristick’s smart glasses connect to a smartphone, increasing both processing power and battery life.

Glass Enterprise Edition

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. Proven software applications designed for smart glasses are maturing

Smart glasses must be complemented with specific software to unlock the value. As one example, Google Glass carefully selects only 12 partners with proven industrial applications in enterprise. 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 telemedicine? 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 operators can receive real-time assistance and execute 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 1500-2000 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, but 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 annually. With the latest technological advancements expect smart glasses to finally unleash their full potential.