XOne: Smart Glasses That Mean Business

When you think of Google Glass, you think of a device that is oriented towards entertainment purposes and casual tech users. Google Glass does have its business uses, but it is really not a business oriented pair of smart glasses.

XOne

XOEye technologies is releasing a pair of smart glasses this summer called XOne and they are completely business oriented. These smart glasses mean serious business, and in no way offers entertainment value.

The XOne smart glasses are very interesting. The smart glasses have a 5 mega-pixel camera, two microphones, a set of earbuds, sensors and no display. The lack of a display isn’t the interesting part, the interesting part is that the camera and sensors on the device are always sending information back to a cloud platform. The device can log body movements, what a worker is seeing, and many other things.

Usage Examples

While that sounds sort of creepy, it makes sense to watch a worker and to track body movements.

Tracking body movements can provide businesses with a way to monitor the health of a worker. Some workers are bending over many times a day. If a business logs body movements, this information can be used to determine if a worker is suffering from a back injury, working their way up to a back injury, or the logs can even be used to prove that a worker is lying about when an injury happened.

The camera and sensors aren’t there just to log things, but they can also help in other ways. A handheld scanner for most companies can run up to about $1000 dollars. The camera on XOne can be used as a hands-free scanner and only costs half the amount of a normal handheld scanner.

Not only that, but the camera can be used to show problems and to prove certain things. An example of this is a FedEx worker being able to take a picture of a delivered package and the condition it was delivered in so that they don’t have to worry claims that they just tossed a package out of their vehicle. The camera can also be used to stream problems and get support from someone off-location.

The sensors in the device can be used to determine if someone is following safety regulations. If you have ever been to Home Depot, then you’ve probably seen a few workers flying down aisles with forklifts. The sensors inside these smart glasses can be used to determine if someone is going way above the speed they should be, alert them, and log the event to see if they are a regular offender of regulations.

The lack of a display is sort of self-explanatory. While the device doesn’t have a display, it has a row of leds on it that can be configured to deliver certain information. For example, a company can make a configuration of LEDs mean that a package is delivered, or that they need to come to a certain location, etc.

Cloud Platform

XOne smart glasses are constantly communicating with a cloud platform. XOEye Technology customers will be able to take advantage of this platform and use it for their own needs. Customers will be given APIs that they can use to build and implement custom applications for their own workflows.

The cloud platform called “Vision platform” is also designed to integrate with legacy enterprise management systems, and can be used to push applications to smart glasses via over-the-air updates.

XOne Smart Glasses Controls

When it comes to controlling this pair of smart glasses, it’s not that interesting. The smart glasses use voice commands, but as you can imagine that’s not the best solution in a work environment considering the amount of noise there is going to be so. Because of the possibility of noise making voice command useless, there are two buttons that wearers can use to do actions.

The XO technologies didn’t put a touchpad on the device, because a touchpad is virtually useless to someone who has thick gloves on. A person with thick gloves can press buttons, but can’t swipe a touchpad.

Cost and Release

These enterprise focused smart glasses are due to be available to businesses this summer. They will cost $500 per unit, and require a $99 monthly subscription to the Vision enterprise suite (cloud platform). The subscription is per unit, and not for all the units a company purchases. The monthly subscription provides full access to the device-management platform, regular updates, and unlimited minutes for the XOne’s telepresence.

The company CEO has stated that businesses who buy XOnes at scale will most likely not be charged a monthly subscription. Really, that just sounds like a middle finger to small companies who only need a pair or two.

Final Thoughts

It’s going to be interesting to see how these smart glasses compete with the Vuzix M100. The Vuzix M100 has been having some success in the enterprise and government markets. It’s going to be interesting to see if XOne is going to be able to get in that market as well.

Do you have any thoughts to share on these smart glasses? Business owners, would you ever buy some of these for your employees? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below!