Sunday, August 31, 2014

Smartglasses in the Real World

It's easy to think that smartglasses are just the latest toy in a steady stream of gadgets for geeks and techies. However field service representatives from many industries will likely benefit from this technology.

Gartner's research director Angela McIntyre said, "The greatest savings in field service will come from diagnosing and fixing problems more quickly and without needing to bring additional experts to remote sites."

The article in Processor magazine cited the benefits that healthcare professionals will enjoy by being able to read instructions and see images that will help them perform medical procedures at remote sites. Similarly, real estate professionals, construction inspectors, and couriers will enjoy having useful information and illustrations available when they're out of the office.

The five-page Google Glass article in the October 2014 issue of Consumer Reports describes Google's well-publicized wearable as "a wirelessly connected, voice-controlled, head-mounted computer that displays search results, navigation directions, and even recipes in the user's peripheral vision."

The article says that "At press time, there were more than 100 apps for Glass, including versions of Facebook, Foursquare, OpenTable, and other mainstays of the mobile life."

Software developers need to keep smartglasses in mind in the coming years. If smartglasses become popular with business people, then your applications need to support these new devices.

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