WHAT’S TREND­ING

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AUG­MENTED WORK­ERS

Aug­ment­ing work­ers with smart glasses will be huge for cer­tain heavy in­dus­tries, says Dayna Grayson, a part­ner with New En­ter­prise As­so­ci­ates in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Not only will they record what wear­ers are see­ing, but in a man­u­fac­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment, a me­chanic could re­ceive di­ag­nos­tic data from such eye­wear. They might even sum­mon ex­perts for cer­tain prob­lems.

DIGITIZED SHOP FLOORS

Dig­i­tiz­ing “the last mile of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion,” like con­nect­ing ma­chines to IoT ap­pli­ca­tions, is start­ing to hap­pen, says Grayson, who en­vi­sions im­prove­ments in main­te­nance, worker health and safety, and en­ergy sav­ings. By us­ing sen­sors to mon­i­tor ma­chin­ery, busi­nesses could shift to re­pair­ing equip­ment as needed and move away from main­te­nance sched­ules.

IN­VEN­TORY CON­TROL

“Re­tail­ers and other com­pa­nies are us­ing smart sen­sors to keep track of in­ven­tory and to au­to­mat­i­cally re­order when more prod­ucts are needed,” says Vic­to­ria Petrock, a prin­ci­pal an­a­lyst with eMar­keter.

OF­FICE AT­MOS­PHERE

Air-qual­ity mon­i­tors for your work­ers’ desks are com­ing, says Jenny Field­ing, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Tech­stars, and soon we’ll tweak the room tem­per­a­ture ac­cord­ing to what they find. One Bay Area startup, Awair, of­fers such mon­i­tors, as well as sen­sors that cover broader ar­eas of en­tire build­ings.

ON THE AIR

Awair mea­sures air qual­ity and makes rec­om­men­da­tions on how to im­prove it.

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