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  • Vishal Shah, VP business development at Atheer Labs, and Paul Gunther, co-founder and CEO of ProGlove, outlined their visions for why the enterprise remains king for wearable tech and augmented reality.
    • “Our focus is definitely the enterprise market, and we believe this is a $10 billion plus market in the next five years for us.” – Vishal Shah
  • Gunther’s argument that manufacturing is tailor made for wearables is two-fold: the automation process, and the fact more primitive wearable technology exists in the form of helmets, safety shoes, and gloves.
  • Shah says Atheer’s focus is on the enterprise high ROI use cases for now, with the prosumer and consumer market developing for two and five years respectively, while Gunther’s mission is simply to “make every professional glove smart.”

From the article:

In an entertaining session at Mobile World Congress, Vishal Shah, VP business development at Atheer Labs, and Paul Gunther, co-founder and CEO of ProGlove, outlined their visions for why the enterprise remains king for wearable tech and augmented reality.

“The potential for smart glasses and wearables is immense, but a lot of that potential is going to be realised, we believe, in the enterprise space,” says Vishal Shah, VP business development at Atheer Labs. “People tried using wearables on faces, smart glasses in the consumer market, and we all know how that turned out.

“Our focus is definitely the enterprise market, and we believe this is a $10 billion plus market in the next five years for us.”

Atheer coins its target audience as the “fast workers” – some 110 billion professionals whose need for first class data overlaps with their need to not be glued to a device. “They want content from the cloud – rich content – that they need to take advantage of while in the field,” says Shah. “We strongly believe smart glasses, especially with rich content and interactive gestures, can solve their problems.”

…Shah says Atheer’s focus is on the enterprise high ROI use cases for now, with the prosumer and consumer market developing for two and five years respectively, while Gunther’s mission is simply to “make every professional glove smart.”