Bosch Prefers Vuzix Over Google Glass

Bosch, a German multinational engineering and electronics company, recently spoke at an event in Berlin called TechEd && d-code. The event was held by SAP, a company that creates enterprise software, so the event focused mostly on things relating to SAP. With that being said, at the event, Bosch spoke about how they are using smart glasses in their warehouses, the benefits of using smart glasses, and the lessons they have learned while using smart glasses. All very interesting things.

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Bosch has experimented with many pairs of smart glasses. The company has tested Google Glass. And, currently, the company is testing the Epson Moverio BT-200 and the Vuzix M100 so that they can compare the pros and cons of them all. Out of all of them though, Bosch is enjoying and using the Vuzix M100 the most.

Sascha Markus, Mobile Architect at Bosch, said:

“From our perspective, this [Vuzix] is the best smart glass for logistics. Google glasses are made for consumers,”

“Vuzix glasses are more stable, made for industry use, which is important in a warehouse.”

Some of the benefits the company has seen from using smart glasses in their warehouses include reduced error rates, and desktop PCs are not needed as much. The company hasn’t seen any time savings from using smart glasses yet, but Markus thinks they might in the future.

Things aren’t all positive though. The company has learned some hard lessons while testing the Vuzix smart glasses. The first thing they learned was that the battery sucked. So, they had to fix that problem by keeping battery packs connected to the glasses to extend the battery from two hours worth of usage to about eight. Besides that, some workers who wear prescription glasses have been having problems with reading the Vuzix M100. Bosch has found that the employees who wear prescription glasses have an easier time reading things on the Epson Moverio BT-200 compared to the Vuzix m100.

Bosch also has a problem with the cameras on the glasses. German laws relating to worker’s privacy are extremely strict, and the cameras on the glasses can’t simply be turned off. So, that is a huge concern for the company.

Still, even though the company has experienced a few problems, they are going to continue to test smart glasses. And, if their warehouse pilot shows really good results, then they are going to look into implementing smart glasses into production as well.

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Source: SAP Community Network