A Chequered History
When Google Glass launched sales were disappointing. The wearable market just didn’t seem ready for the elaborate eyewear with complaints relating to battery life, aesthetics and wifi connectivity. Privacy concerns were also rife with secret recording capabilities uncovered – sales were ultimately suspended in 2015.
A New Resurrection
Fast forward to 2017 however and re-branded from “Google Glass” to simply “Glass”, mainstream users of the device now include Volkswagen, DHL, Boeing Company and GE - and after enjoying success across multiple industries, wider distribution is currently being targeted.
The main uses seem to span manufacturing although the medical industry is also faring positively. Functions include;
- Ability to clip the Glass frame onto industry safety googles means employees are left free to complete manual work
- Ability to view checklists and instructional videos on the go is saving time and effort going back and forth for manual workers
- The sending of photos from manufacturing floors through to other teams are improving trouble shooting capabilities
- Real time instructions which can be sent back and forth between teams are improving efficiency
- Lastly medical professionals are using the devices to take notes, increasing patient-facing time and reducing tedious time spent organising paperwork
Efficiency Statistics are Impressive
Some statistics relating to how Glass has improved company efficiency as covered in Blog.x.company include;
- GE mechanics estimate they have reduced errors and improved mechanic’s efficiency by 8 – 12%
- AGGO manufacturing workers claim to have reduced machinery production time by 25%
- DHL have increased supply chain efficiency by 15%
- Dignity Health, a healthcare company has reduced administrative time by 23%
Glass is back! And it’s finally found its niche.
Fast forward to 2017 however and re-branded from “Google Glass” to simply “Glass”, mainstream users of the device now include Volkswagen, DHL, Boeing Company and GE.