A successful debut and a look at the next steps
We were thrilled to recently demonstrate our technology platform at JDA Focus 2017. Over 2.5 days, approximately 150 conference attendees joined our "temporary workforce" and experienced Augmented Reality (AR) - many for the first time. Using a workflow configuration named "Pick-to-Sight," our hands-on workers filled orders while our wearable technology visually guided them through the process.
To get a glimpse of what they were seeing, check out this video:
With attendee feedback still fresh in our minds, it's a good time to reflect on where we stand in today's technology landscape, and where we see this road going.
State of the Art
For starters, we were extremely pleased with how quickly the "temps" mastered the equipment. Even those who remarked that it "took a little getting used to" had to concede that they were fully operational within a minute or two. Compare that to some other workplace technologies and we think we're on the right track.
Secondly, we reaffirmed our position that head-worn AR devices, or VIEW devices, offer the best human experience for the hands-on workforce in the market today, at a comparable price per unit.
Compared to an RF scanner:
Compared to Voice recognition:
Our final observation from the show is how many attendees are ready to push this technology even further. While we have the sci-fi industry to thank for some of this, we do agree that AR technology is the ideal platform for future human experience innovations.
Today, we are most confident in our ability to detect barcodes, 1-D and 2-D, in the field of view.
Looking forward, and in close partnership with Vuzix, we will push for workday reliability in the areas of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), object recognition, gesture recognition and holography. We continue to evaluate and build in some of these areas, while binocular devices will be the catalyst for others,
Until then, we remain confident that the M300, along with our commitments to the Effortless Human Interface and the effective hands-on workforce, deliver significant ROI to AR adopters today.