By Staff Writer
Alphabet X has unveiled a restart of the original lightweight wearable computer with a transparent display that brings information into your line of sight.
The Google company has revamped the eyeglass-like wearable and now is called Glass Enterprise Edition.
The Glass Enterprise Edition is targeting workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare to find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy.
In 2015, Google stopped supplying Glass Explorer Edition to the public but the firm continued to work closely with a network of more than 30 expert partners to build customized software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields.
“We’ve also made improvements to the design and hardware so that it’s lightweight and comfortable for long term wear. We’ve increased the power and battery life too,” Jay Kothari, Project Lead at Glass, said in the company’s blog on Tuesday.
Glass is also helping healthcare professionals
Now, instead of typing on a computer during consultations, they can connect with patients by looking them in the eye, listening as they talk, and asking questions — all with confidence that all the note taking work is being done in the background.
Workers at AGCO, an agricultural machinery manufacturer in Jackson, Minnesota, are using Glass Enterprise Edition.
By reducing the amount of back and forth workers must do accessing checklists, viewing instruction manuals, or sending photos from tablets or laptops as they assemble machines, Glass has reduced machinery production time by 25 percent and inspection times by 30 percent.
DHL is seeing similar results, said Alphabet X.
DHL’s employees have a supply chain process called “order picking” where they fulfil orders by scanning items from racks before moving them into totes or bins on carts to be shipped.
Using a solution from Ubimax with Glass , they now receive real-time instructions about where items must be placed on the carts with the help of visual aids. With their hands now free of paper instructions, pickers can work far more efficiently and comfortably, and DHL estimates that they have increased supply chain efficiency by 15%.
“We first saw signs of Glass’ potential for businesses in the Glass Explorer days. As we said when we graduated, we’d been seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace,” Kothari said.
“Now the Glass product team is back at X, and we’ll be collaborating with the Google Cloud team and our partners to help customers across a variety of business sectors make the most of Glass. Together, we’re looking forward to seeing more businesses give their workers a way to work faster and in a more focused way, hands-free.”