XOEye's XOne smart glasses make the case for everyday, practical industrial wearables.
Unless something seriously weird happens in the market, wearable gadgets – be they smartglasses or smartwatches or any other tiny, connected accessories – are going to be huge.
Already, fitness devices like the Jawbone or Nike's Fuel Band have hit the gyms, beefing up workouts with big data and analytics.
In the office, techies are already multitasking through meetings with Google Glass, and busy executives are picking up real time updates through their Galaxy Gear smartwatches.
Wearables are officially here, officially in our lives and about to get even more pervasive.
In all, Juniper research expects the wearables market to grow to a $1.5 billion industry this year and shipments of these devices should exceed 130 million in the next four years. And that's probably conservative if it all catches on.
There's good reason for this sudden boom – these devices are designed to merge relevant, real-time data and information seamlessly into our lives, bringing us what we need when we need it without having to fumble in our pockets to find it.
It's a technology perfect for the gym, perfect for the boardroom, perfect for our already crowded digital lives – so perfect, in fact, that many manufacturers are considering the next logical step: the industrialization of wearable technologies.
From a certain angle, the factory seems like the ideal application of wearables. After all, a worker standing at a machine is far more in need of real time data than anyone at the gym or office. Furthermore, keeping his or her eyes on that machine and off the phone for that information is absolutely critical.
Real time data and real time insight fed to an operator who needs it could realistically (and significantly) impact the efficiency of the enter factory.
So it seems like a perfect application… almost.