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.
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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.
“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.
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.