Google Glass is not enjoying much success since its release. As a consumer product, it has been the subject of endless ridicule for being too awkward and intrusive.
However APX Labs in Virginia is exploring ways in how this technology can be used in the workplace. The startup’s Skylight software allows businesses to develop software apps for smart glasses. This includes not only Google Glass but also Japanese electronic maker Epson’s clunkier version of smart glasses.
The company has hired Eric Johnsen away from Google X as VP of business development to work out the deals to get smart glasses into the workplace. At Google X, Johnsen led the Glass at Work program.
What’s convinced Johnsen of this area’s potential for growth is the overwhelming interest he had received from various industries while leading Google’s efforts in figuring out how the technology could work in the workplace.
The types of industries smart glasses fit particularly well in are jobs that require workers to be using both hands and are away from a desk, according to Johnsen. A worker on an oil rig, for example, would usually need to continuously be looking over at an instruction manual while handling such complicated machinery. With smart glasses, they can stay focused on the job. And if something goes wrong, they don’t have to fly in an engineer from Houston to deal with it. Instead, they can guide the worker through the problem using the glasses’ camera.
Healthcare and manufacturing are other major areas for potential customers.
This is all in the early stages for APX. Currently, it only has dozens of Fortune 500 businesses signed up, and they are all still in pilot programs.
With Google pushing the concept of smart glasses into the mainstream and pushing down the cost, APX sees a viable opportunity to expand into the commercial space. (Image via Shutterstock)