From morning brew
First, a quick definition: augmented reality glasses add digital content like holograms onto the user’s view of the real world. Not quite VR, not quite real world, they’re something in between. Although AR products like Google Glass have yet to really catch on with the average consumer, they seem to have found their place at companies like AGCO Corp. Factory workers at AGCO wear the glasses so they can receive real-time instructions while performing various tasks. Here are the results:
Wearing Google Glass makes logging quality checks up to 20% faster, according to Peggy Gulick, director of business process improvement. Next up, using 3D images to guide workers as they weld chemical sprayers to 30-foot beams. Snazzy.
AGCO isn’t the only company to hop on the Google Glass hype train: Forrester Research estimates that 14.4 million U.S. workers will use smart glasses in 2025, up from 400,000 in 2016.
Are these smart glasses worth it? Well, companies think they are. Forrester also projects that large companies will spend $3.6 billion on the technology in the next decade, up from $6 million this year. If anyone’s counting, that’s a 600-fold increase.