Following the release of our Google Glass Workplace Study last week, I just wanted to take an opportunity to highlight three safety applications which we developed and tested proof of concepts for.
Another interesting finding was that the device’s bone-conduction sound transmission system makes it great for loud workplaces when complimented by hearing protection; since wearing foam ear plugs blocks ambient noise while allowing Google Glass to remain crystal clear. This is a real tangible benefit on a work site, and can even act as a way to motivate workers to wear their hearing protection more often.
Safety Applications for Google Glass
1. Fall Detection Device: by using the accelerometer component of Glass, the device can sense and measure the user’s acceleration in case of free-fall. Glass then sends a warning message to dispatch, who tries to reach the worker to assess the gravity of the situation and sends help if needed.
2. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS): the front camera recognizes symbols the user is looking at, associates them with safety protocols and displays the info directly in the field of vision. The worker can also pause his/her activities and refer to the safety manual displayed on Glass, lowering the risk of material mishandling.
3. Geo-Fenced “Unsafe” Zone Notifications: Glass’s GPS identifies the wearer’s locational and directional positions with an accuracy within 2 meters. This app can create a perimeter and warn the worker when he/she is approaching an element or obstacle of importance. The hand-free device allows the worker to stay focused on the task and decreases risks of accidents.
These findings and more are explained in our 50 page Google Glass Workplace Study which reports on both technical and business considerations surrounding adopting Google Glass in the Workplace.