Google Glass Is Being Trialed At European Airport
One in every of Europe’s busiest airports, Amsterdam’s Schiphol hub within the Netherlands, is trialling Google Glass to be used by airport authority officers as a arms-free strategy to lookup gate and airplane info.
It’s additionally testing Google’s face pc on vacationers passing by means of the terminal in a bid to raised perceive the ‘buyer journey’, because of Glass’ first individual perspective.
It’s extra proof, if proof have been wanted, that Google Glass is one other Segway — i.e. a know-how not destined for the mass market, however for area of interest industrial and repair business purposes. (Associated: the Royal Army Constabulary at Schiphol typically will get round on Segways.)
Google has pulled again on ‘Glass for the plenty’ — no less than for now. It shuttered its Glass Explorer program final month. Though removed from killing off Glass, it has handed the venture to Nest’s Tony Fadell to supervise. Glass lives, as a standalone division inside Google that’s but to show its value — however which Google evidently isn’t prepared to surrender on, although it’s been pressured to have a rethink about its go-to-market technique. And, in all probability, the complete product proposition/design of the hardware.
Glass has all the time been an uneasy hybrid, combining a reasonably normal wanting pair of specs with some nerdy and awkward add-ons, like a visual digital camera and a contact-delicate floor that requires customers stroke the aspect of their very own head. With such combined messaging, it’s no shock shoppers stay unconvinced. (In the meantime Microsoft has tipped its hand on this area — outing its plans for an augmented actuality headset referred to as HoloLens final month which appears extra tightly and sensibly targeted on indoor leisure.)
Whereas shoppers are rightly doubtful concerning the utility of sporting digital camera-touting face computer systems of their on a regular basis lives, given the social alienation that invitations, a arms-free system for serving knowledge on objects inside the wearer’s visual field has extra apparent potential for companies.
Within the enterprise sector the promise of wearables is elevated effectivity by rushing up the dissemination/seize of data to employees out within the area, or who’re within the midst of labor or buyer engagement. So Glass simply turns into one other device for a specific sort of employee.
Given Glass’ visibility, it’s maybe particularly fitted to staff able of authority, who might already be marked out by their uniform (fluorescent jackets within the case of Schiphol’s authority officers), turning into one other ‘badge of workplace’.
The airport began its trial of Glass final month, and has developed a Glass app which lets employees ask the system for gate or plane knowledge and have the outcomes displayed by way of the headset or on their smartphone. One other future function the airport hopes to implement is the power to measure the location distance of obstacles on the taxiway simply by taking a look at them, relatively than officers having to manually take measurements. It goes with out saying that that’s going to require a really skinny margin of error.
The airport is just not dedicated to Glass past trialling it at this level. Any determination about whether or not the face computer systems will grow to be a everlasting fixture on employees might be taken subsequent yr, it stated.