In Pictures: The wild world of workplace wearables
The wild world of workplace wearables Between Google Glass and the Apple iWatch, interest in wearables has never been higher. Deloitte Consulting predicts that 10 million devices will be sold this year alone, representing a $3 billion market largely that’s currently driven by consumers.
Over the long term, the market for wearables in the enterprise could surpass the consumer market, according to Bill Briggs, CTO at Deloitte Consulting. Here are some examples of wearables coming to a variety of vertical industries.
Wearable defibrillator: ZOLL Medical Corp. has a wearable defibrillator called a LifeVest for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. This vest detects arrhythmias and delivers treatment shocks to patients, which provides protection during the patient's changing condition.
A Seattle-based company called Artefact has created a tiny, computerized patch called Dialog that helps people with epilepsy manage their condition.
Motorola HC1 headset: Motorola Solutions has a hands-free wearable device for use in harsh environments and remote locations, where access to complex data is necessary, but sometimes impossible for other computers such as laptops or handheld devices. HC1 headset computer uses gestures, speech recognition, and a blend of the digital and physical worlds to quickly and simply provide end-users with instant access to the specific, relevant information that mobile workers need in any environment.
XOEYE: XOEye Technologies has developed a wearable technology suite tailored for the industrial enterprise comprised of three distinct layers," says CEO Aaron Salow. "First, a smart, safety-certified, eyewear device; ruggedized and equipped with a custom operating system, it captures workplace data through live HD video-streaming and high-fidelity audio collaboration. Second, the XMod is the proprietary modular chip set that supercharges this or any other wearable computing device. And the third, is Vision; a cloud-based software that takes all of the raw data captured by this device and turns it into actionable intelligence for employers."
Multifunction military helmet: For the military, Raytheon Company has a multifunction helmet for both soldiers and pilots.
Voice command: Lumus, Vuzix, and Epson plus several others are developing voice-command, wearable computers with various sensors, built-in cameras, monitors, Internet/telemedicine access, and other custom features for surgeons, military, law enforcement, and dozens of other professional occupations. Here is a smart helmet designed by Vuzix.
Vuzix smart glasses: This is a Vuzix wearable device for use in hospitals, providing hands-free access to information for doctors and other medical staff.
Epson’s Moverio BT-200: Products such as Epson's Moverio BT-200 feature a true binocular display that projects transparent overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the device's field of view," says Epson’s Anna Jen. "In addition, these glasses contain sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetic compass for head-motion tracking and hands-free navigation, as well as a front-facing camera for video/image capture and for identifying real-world markers for augmented reality applications."
Smart contacts: Google is testing a smart contact lens for diabetics that measures glucose levels in the user's tears. The contacts use a tiny, wireless chip with a miniaturized glucose sensor sandwiched between two layers of the soft contact lens material.