Google Glass has been launched back in April 2013, though these smartglasses were only available to so-called “Glass Explorers” for a long time. This was basically a closed beta product until May 15, 2014 when Google decided to make this smartglasses available to consumers, though the price tag stayed the same, $1,500, which is a rather hefty sum. These glasses, of course, weren’t available all over the world, U.S and I believe U.K. were (and are) able to purchase these glasses. Google Glass has been used in many different programs all over the world, certain police departments have been using Glass for a while now, same goes for certain hospitals, etc. Smartglasses might be a new product, a niche product, but there’s potential in them I believe. Google actually brought Glass’ future in question considering the company closed Glass basecamp quite recently, though that doesn’t have to be the case, we’re still waiting on more info regarding that.
Until we wait for some additional info regarding Google’s basecamp, it seems like another company boarded the Glass train and has actually been testing Glass for a while now. German automobile manufacturer, BMW, started a pilot project to test the impact of wearable technology in order to improve quality assurance of its cars and perhaps even include Glass in car assembly process. Company’s South Carolina plant is using Google Glass to record and document potential deviations in the cars, according to Manufacturing Global. This project is actually a part of the BMW Industry 4.0 campaign via which the company wants to evaluate the application of new technologies in order to improve its business and make its products better. “During the term of the pilot project, we are planning to add a video call feature so that a problem can be discussed with the responsible development areas right there and then,” said Dr. J¶rg Schulte. The pilot project has been a success according to the company and there are plans to use Glass in the vehicle assembly process. “With Google Glass, the testing staff could stay right at the vehicle, look at the test plans on the device’s integrated display and sign them off via voice control. So both hands would be free to conduct the tests at all times,” added Dr. Schulte.