The days of using eyewear only for physical limitations are behind us – today’s glasses have gone full-tech and are being used to boost efficiency across countless industries. Smart glasses are a recent wave of wearable devices that allow employees to handle multiple tasks while keeping their hands free to work. These glasses are fitted with a mini computer inside them that can display information on the lens. They can be used to add contextual information to complement what the wearer can already see, allowing people to access useful applications and data that can help them complete tasks at hand.

Smart glasses can be used to enhance performance in every aspect of a business, from production and marketing down to field service jobs such as equipment installation, maintenance, logistics and assembly. This technology gives key decision makers new ways of interpreting data, measuring performance and helps field and factory workers avoid risks by providing critical safety information. Here are some of the top ways smart glasses are helping businesses thrive.

1. Optimised security

The camera embedded within smart glasses can take in and process a wide array of information instantly. It can alert workers to any dangers present in the working environment such as moving machinery, high voltage wires, high-pressure pipes and fans. And when combined with security software such as facial recognition apps, these wearables can help security personnel identify suspects in real-time. Smart glasses can also be fitted with speciality cameras that can be used by safety officers to pick up chemical signatures, radioactivity and other elements that may remain invisible to the naked eye.

2. Remote video collaboration

Smart glasses are commonly used by businesses today to achieve remote video collaboration. This allows professionals to work together on important business projects from any number of remote locations. This type of remote assistance is used in all types of business operations such as telemedicine, complicated engineering support and even routine field service checkups.

3. Virtual meetings

This is an exciting possibility of combining smart glass knowledge with both virtual reality and augmented reality. The advancement of these technologies will soon make telepresence a reality where those attending the meeting will be able to transmit augmented reality powered holograms or high fidelity avatars of themselves to another office or group meeting site.

4. Real-time navigation

Smart glass technology can be incorporated with virtual reality and audio input to create a personalised guidance system that monitors the wearer’s movements, confirming if they are at the correct location, studying the correct information and taking the appropriate actions. These wearables are particularly useful for field workers – they can assist manufacturers when carrying out complex assemblies, help field service employees complete repairs and even guide warehouse workers through numerous complicated processes.

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