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Major Takeaways:

  • DAQRI is working with “10 or so Fortune 500 corporations” that are trying out its Smart Helmet
  • Shipments of smart glasses are expected to skyrocket by 150 percent in 2015 – ABI Research
  • It might be three years until this technology is widespread in factories…but that future is coming
  • Companies in the space believe the technology will trickle down from big corporations to smaller entrepreneurs like home contractors, and then eventually to the consumers

From NBC News:

The hard hat and safety goggles are getting a makeover. Across the country, workers are using high-tech alternatives to give themselves heat vision, virtual instructions and even measure their own brain waves.

It’s called augmented reality. Think of Google Glass and how it displayed information — directions, incoming calls, photos — over the wearer’s field of vision. Basically, it’s like layers of virtual reality projected onto the real world. That information can then be controlled with voice, gesture or touch commands.

Google Glass has stalled, but new companies are working on bringing similar technology to workers in mines, oil refineries and factories.

“It’s combining the digital world and the physical world,” Tuong Nguyen, principal research analyst at Gartner, told NBC News. “There are a lot of companies that are trying this technology out.”

Los Angeles-based DAQRI says it can’t name the 10 or so Fortune 500 corporations trying out its Smart Helmet. But plenty of companies, including Volkswagen and Mitsubishi Electric, have announced that they are playing with augmented reality in some form.

Shipments of smart glasses are expected to skyrocket by 150 percent in 2015, according to a report from ABI Research, with 90 percent of those destined for the “enterprise and public sector.” That includes use in settings like in the military and on warehouse floors, not the Silicon Valley cafes where Google Glass was spotted.

Overall, it might be three years until this technology is widespread in factories, said Nguyen. But he is certain that future is coming…

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