Intel is upgrading its smart glasses to allow workers to access information and data in real time whether they are at headquarters or in the field, the company said Wednesday at the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit.
The Recon Jet is an enterprise wearable solution that Intel says can help businesses improve productivity and worker safety while reducing errors and training costs.
Designed with jobs in field service, manufacturing, logistics and maintenance in mind, the glasses provide visual information hands-free and at eye level. The product use helps employees avoid the "clipboard and gut" decision-making by accessing data instead, according to Intel.
Intel isn’t the only company pushing wearables glasses for the enterprise. Last November, VMware announced it was adding smart glasses management features to its VMware AirWatch enterprise mobility management platform, making it easier for businesses to bring augmented and mixed reality devices to the enterprise.
Wearables are best known as a consumer tool, but Intel has pushed for their use in the enterprise. Though some businesses are beginning to use the technology, smart glasses in the enterprise haven’t really taken off yet.
Even in the consumer arena, smart glasses have struggled. Google pulled the plug on Google Glass in 2015 after the project struggled to get off the ground, even though its 2012 debut was highly anticipated.
While wearables could present advantages to businesses, it remains to be seen if employees will take to them. Providers will have to prove the devices work consistently in the field and they can save companies both time and money.