The Kick-Ass Eyeglasses Everyone Needs to See (and Try)
“Smart glasses” could be a game-changer for employees and employers in the “gamification” of repetitive tasks.
I was reading this article about Google Glass 2.0’s emergence (or re-emergence as it may be, since version 2.0 rolled out improvements and upgrades) as a high-powered workplace productivity tool. While Google is not the only player in this efficiency arena (cue up potential iOS rival product), read on for the 411.
An Innovative and Wearable Power Tool
In the future, employees will be given the choice of glasses. These glasses will include a prescription, if required, and the employee will have the choice to wear them both at work and at home.
Here’s where it gets widely interesting and useful from a business and efficiency standpoint: Huge development dollars are being spent in the area of “gamification” of repetitive tasks.
Think Pokémon Go in the warehouse.
Management team members will be able to respond to texts while in a meeting with pre-composed replies that will be initiated with a sequence of blinks.
No worries for the fashion-conscious; the new glasses will be stylish. And guess what? Others in face-to-face meetings will be seemingly unaware of these “super-glasses” features and functionality.
Seeing Beyond Google
I’ll take this concept one step further and offer a one-word projection: Apple.
Apple is spending more money in this arena than Google. In fact, Apple just fronted Corning $200m dollars for smart glass technology development. Yes; 2 Huuunnnndreeed Million Dollars.
Let’s be clear: Apple loves to observe other companies be “first” in technologies – only to reinvent, reconfigure, improve, and then dominate. Case in point: the Blackberry.
That said, my money is on Apple; which is now, by the way, the second largest watch company in the world after Rolex. (Who would have thought that of a company founded in the late 1970s making personal computers?)
The Smart (Glass) Wrap-Up
So will it be Google Glass? Apple i-See? Apple i-Glass?
Whichever platform delivers this technology better or best, there lies an exponential potential to meet the best of both worlds: facilitating production employee tasks alongside streamlining management supervision.
What say you?