Smart Glasses, What They Are and How to Choose Them

Technological advancement within a business environment can make the difference for  professionals. In particular, smart glasses have simplified several time-consuming and expensive operations. Indeed, technological devices help employees to be more precise and accurate, increasing their safety since they can operate hands-free, as data appear in front of their eyes.

But what are smart glasses and how do they facilitate business activities?

Find out more in this new Headapp article on smart glasses.

Smart Glasses, What Are They?

Smart glasses are real wearable computers. Those who wear them can display the information they need on their lenses and, in some cases, they can use voice commands to interact with the glasses. The first “smart glasses”, the Google Glass Explorer Edition, were released on the market in 2013. Since then, many companies have produced excellent models able to compete in the smart glasses market. But where has this new wearable technology found the most application?

Mainly the hardware has been adopted by companies requiring remote assistance or needing to perform rather delicate operations using both hands.

Companies and Smart Glasses

Therefore, smart glasses are especially effective in the corporate environment. By taking advantage of Augmented Reality, professionals can observe their surroundings, displaying on their glasses the information they need during various operations. Smart glasses enable the user wearing them to take advantage of Augmented Reality, showing on the lens display information such as images, data, audio files, video files, etc. In addition, the glasses allow to store information through some specific tools, thus minimizing human errors.

Smart Glasses, How to Choose Them?

What are the characteristics and the opportunities offered by the smart glasses currently available on the market? First of all, one can choose between monocular and binocular glasses depending on the model that best suits one’s needs. The monocular model, which includes the Realwear HMT-1, a product chosen for the partnership between HeadApp and its manufacturer, has a single display, with an advanced operating system and the possibility of wearing work glasses.

Thanks to a system that can be applied to one eye only, these glasses are non-invasive and allow the operators to have a more complete view while performing their tasks. The binocular model, on the other hand, is more elegant and lightweight, suitable to enjoy full Augmented Reality or 3D experiences involving the entire field of vision.

As for the weight of the devices, it changes according to the model and the way they are applied. Realwear smart glasses, for example, weigh about 380 gr, but the weight is well distributed making them highly wearable.

The monocular will, therefore, be more reliable in contexts where strength and reliability are necessary. They also have a high-definition display and 16-megapixel camera, useful for recording or viewing content in difficult situations, such as while repairing wind turbines, industrial plants, pylons, sensitive medical equipment, and so on and so forth.

Finally, commands can be sent in a variety of ways depending on the model: from a controller or from a touchpad on the frame. For business environments, we recommend the voice command featured by the Realwear model, which leaves your hands free to operate undisturbed. Interacting with HeadApp’s software, in this case, speeds up the completion time of the tasks while at the same time dramatically reducing risk.


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