Video collaboration company Vidyo is partnering with smartglasses maker Vuzix to bring wearables-based videoconferencing and "see-what-I-see" technology to enterprises.
While many IT departments are dreading the flood of personal wearables into the workplace, it's a worry they probably won't need to address for many years. More immediately, wearables will come into the enterprise as devices specifically built for that environment. Think Microsoft's HoloLens, not Apple Watch.
Just when you thought the smartglass competition couldn't get more interesting, Sony now allows for pre-orders of its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition wearable. The wearable has a number of enterprise use cases, including on the factory floor, in the field fighting fires, and in the hospital monitoring vital signs.
While consumers seem unimpressed by wearables such as Google Glass, enterprises are finding many use cases for these devices. One company that has stepped up to the plate in providing apps for wearables is the enterprise software giant SAP.
Two of the biggest shifts affecting industries that require on-site technicians are an aging workforce and the advent of wearables. While seemingly disparate, there is an overlap in the trends that has created some new markets and uses.
The listless Google Glass device is showing signs of life thanks to reports linking the tech to Intel. The chip maker will team with Google to push Glass in more professional environments, including health care and manufacturing, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
Due to lengthy time to market and lack of consumer use case, smartglasses shipments will only reach 10 million units per year by 2017, predicts Juniper Research.
Enterprises will be the initial targets of smartglass vendors, because high prices, low battery battery life and style issues will inhibit smartglass adoption in the consumer market, judges ABI Research.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Wednesday, 11/6 including: benefits of Google Glass for enterprises, hefty fines for Samsung Knox, the Russian opinion of Android smartphones, BlackBerry's focus on software and services and mobile news for Canadians.