Enterprise apps landing on Google Glass by 2014

Enterprise apps landing on Google Glass by 2014

Summary: You may not think Google Glass has any practical applications in the enterprise — not yet, anyway — but one U.S. firm is working on disproving the naysayers by bringing a range of enterprise apps to the search giant's wearable technology by early 2014.

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Google Glass and the enterprise may not be an ideal match — I've personally met it with a good hearty dose of skepticism after my try-out with the technology — but that's not to say there aren't people out there giving it a go anyway.

One Manassas, Virginia-based technology company aims to have a series of enterprise apps for Google Glass available by early 2014, and recommends that other businesses should at least jump on the internal testing bandwagon sooner rather than later.

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Google Glass: It's not an enterprise product, get over it

Google Glass: It's not an enterprise product, get over it

The wearable computer has many benefits. The problem is none of those bear any relevance to enterprise customers, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) may cause more problems than it's worth.

In a video interview with the IDG News Service, Dan McNelis, co-founder of Dito, which specializes in providing services for Google applications, said his company is in the "early stages with customers on identifying the specific requirements and use cases where they're going to want to develop applications for Glass."

Dito is also developing "Glassware," the sort of apps that plug directly into the Glass API and function like any other Glass app.

Currently, McNelis' firm is working with an unnamed construction company that is interested in building business information modeling applications. A finished app could offer a first-person point of view that allows a construction worker to move around a site in a virtual three-dimensions simulator, he described. In such a scenario, because Google Glass is modular, it could be integrated with hard safety hats for those working on industrial sites.

McNelis said for others who are considering developing apps for the new wearable technology, "be wary of the fact that especially if you're building enterprise applications, it's smart to start thinking about it.

"But I wouldn't recommend an organization pushes all in and makes it a core part of their business around apps. It's still early days for that."

Once things become more mature in terms of ecosystem and the technology becomes more developed, McNelis said, it would be an ideal time to begin "dogfooding" their own apps within their enterprise setting for their own internal testing, to determine the benefits or drawbacks of the gadget.

(via PC World)

Topic: Google

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  • Some see the Glass half empty

    while those with vision see the glass half full. As developers keep pouring the glass will be full, full of enterprise apps that help across many business models.

    Now bring on the trolls....
    • Didn't you just troll?

      So why ask for trolls, when you're already here?
      William Farrel
  • Just because someone writes an app for this

    Doesn't mean it will be successful. Nobody knows or understands the long term ramifications with these, so declaring "Success!" before then seams a bit.... premature?
    William Farrel
    • "Nobody knows or understands the long term ramifications with these"

      Seriously? Do you think Glass is powered by some yet unknown source or energy or devised by Alien life forms?

      It is a wearable Internet connected recording device with an HUD that can display information to the user.

      Maybe you should write a grant to study the long term ramifications of Glass instead of wild speculation that it is an unknown outcome.
      • Good luck with those eyes, DancesWithTrolls

        Lets hope these glasses don't cause any long term damage, seeing you've declared them 100% safe!
        William Farrel
        • Follow up on long term ramifications with these

          I was just watching my local news on TV when a story from a nearby town came on about a police officer being bit by a monkey while issuing a traffic ticket.

          Guess what?

          The officer was wearing police department issued sunglasses that are much like Google Glass that recorded the whole thing from his perspective.

          Where are the guys who said they would beat up anyone they catch wearing a device like this now? I'll pay for the trip to South Texas for you....

          The video has not yet been posted on TV station web site but will likely go up soon, as it just aired. Part of the video is from the sun glass camera he was wearing. We are close to the Mexican Border and have lots of drug trafficking, so our police departments often get the newest tech gear before most others do.

          Here is the link to the story: http://www.kristv.com/news/monkey-traffic-stop-surprises-officer
  • So the alleged "enterprise apps" is nothing more ...

    ... than a video recorder app??

    It is not like we don't have high quality helmet cams available right now .... oh wait!!! They have existed since the late 90s.

    I guess to some people, duplicating functionality that is available today without the need for "Glass" is developing an "enterprise quality" application.
    • Skim reading again?

      I think it's made perfectly clear from the interviews that they foresee augmented reality as the primary benefit, not as some sort of PVR.
      Little Old Man
    • It is a bit more than that

      because the data flows two directions. I has an HUD for the user to get data back from the cloud. so, yes it makes good sense for enterprise apps.

      It provides real time info back to the user much like viewing a small Power Point slide show. You do consider Power Point an enterprise app, don't you?
  • No one said use cases did not exist for Glass.

    There are definitely use cases for such a product but are these really "enterprise apps" being describe here?
    • Why not?

      Augmented reality for architects/builders. Are they not enterprise enough? In the same way a HUD overlay for a systems technician would be very useful, and definitely enterprise targeted, the brief details above perfectly highlight an enterprise use scenario.
      Little Old Man
  • So

    The spy tool will not be allowed in my home or office. I can't stop its use in public areas, but where I can, it will not be used.
  • Google Glass and business

    I can see many applications in the various service industries. Imagine looking at a circuit board, and having all the proper voltage, and waveform readings appear on your glasses. Imagine working on a car and seeing how the internals work on your glasses. In the office, looking at a report, you could see the way each line on a spreadsheet was calculated, and just what items went into the total. In music, you could see the score, and even the fingering needed on an instrument to get the right notes. Education would be vastly enhanced, and errors could be minimized in repairs. Where tablets and laptops now do some of these functions, Glass could be used to put it directly in front of the user, based on what he is looking at.
    • I was watching a show on PBS last night

      about ancient cave dwellers of the Himalayas. The teams of scientists had to do some pretty dangerous climbing and repelling to get to the places they were researching. In most cases the experienced climbers went in and communicated what they found via radio handsets to the scientists on the ground. If it fit what they were looking for they would send the less experienced climbers (scientists) up or down the cliff face.

      I thought, this would be a great place to use Glass for the first guys to go in and show what they found to the crew on the ground.

      BTW - two of the experienced climbers were seriously injured during the event.
      • They already do that DancesWithTrolls

        just because they didn't use it here doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

        They've done just what you've described for quite some time, no need for Glasses.
        William Farrel
        • So this type of device is ok

          with you as long as it is not from Google?
  • Company control of security?

    If a company has a cost-effective use for the video interface of Google Glass, or the like, they would be well advised to issue distinctively marked (possibly color coded) "company devices" and requiring their employees to put away their personal Glasses, if any, and wear the company Glasses on the job. This would allow the company to control the app inventory and avoid leaking of data outside the company. It would also remove the incentive NOT to hire people who do not own their own Glasses, since the company would have its own equipment anyway; and remove the need to add restrictions to personally owned devices.

    In other words, the employee can use a company owned Glass device to get that augmented reality to fix the circuit board, but not to send company documents to any outside party, because the company device will not have such an app, and the company device will be worn ONLY on the job.