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Adapting Wearables for Manufacturing

Posted June 26, 2014 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Wearable technology seems poised to move onto the factory floor, promising to provide operators and plant managers alike with the real-time information they need, when they need it. But are there any drawbacks that make these trendy mobiles less than desirable for the manufacturing environment? Consider the technology's distraction factor, durability, and the practicality of touch- and voice-based interfaces. Vendors will have to adapt consumer technology to make wearables fit for the shop floor. Industry Week looks at the efforts of vendors to make performance-enhancing accessories (see video) that streamline tasks rather than complicate them.


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