The wearable technology market is growing by leaps and bounds as everyone from the sports industry to manufacturing look to incorporate these devices to increase productivity and improve efficiency. Even though Google Glass seems to have the market cornered when it comes to making news in wearable tech, it is not the only company in the field. XOEye Technologies in Nashville, TN has its own glass, but the location of its company and the fact that it is addressing manufacturing, field services and construction sectors has not endeared it in the media, which is why you might have not heard about it.
If on the other hand you are in one of the industries the XOEye is designed for, you should take a closer look at this wearable device, because it will introduce a level of efficiency that will pay off great dividends.
Virtually everything we do requires our hands, and depending on the job it is possible to use our eyes to perform the task or expedite the process, and that is the premise that led Aaron Salow, the CEO of XOEye Technologies, to develop his glass.
The XOEye glass is designed with a modular frame for rugged environments and is impact and water resistant. The proof of quality is the certification it has received from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which validates the claim manufacturers make about safety regarding their products.
The 8-Megapixel cameras have low light and stabilization technology for recording or streaming HD stereoscopic video. The communication platform has stereoscopic audio with two speakers and two microphones, as well as standard headphone/ mic jack and optional Bluetooth audio.
A great scenario the company gives for using this glass is technicians who have to contact an in-house expert to receive assistance for resolving a particular problem. Right now these technicians use cell phones to communicate to the company's experts. While it is somewhat effective, the expert doesn't get a video feed of the problem, which would expedite the process. If the technician is not able to fix the problem the experts has to travel to the location to finish the job. If on the other hand the expert is getting a live feed as the technician looks at the problem, instructions can be given while the work is being performed. This saves money by not having to pay for the travel and related expenses, and the expert can remain at the home office assisting more technicians remotely.
This is a portable technology that can be taken to virtually any location where there is a good communication infrastructure to deliver video and audio in real-time. It puts experts at the site so they can direct technicians to perform their task without mistakes, and a back-end service layer logs, organizes and manages the video for audits and training employees.
The glasses from XOEye will be officially released this summer for $499, which is only one third of the current price for the Explorer version of the Google (News - Alert) Glass.
Edited by Maurice Nagle
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