Foresees 10% of firms using AR spectacles in 5 years
A new version of its Barcode Scanner SDK software will deliver highly optimised support for Google’s icon Glass [AR spectacles], says Scandit. The company develops software-based barcode scanning and data capture technology for smartphones, tablets and wearable computing devices. The new Scandit release will be compatible with Google’s new Glass Development Kit (SDK), and Scandit is already working closely with application developers to match its wide range of features and functionality to the specific requirements of Glass. This release leverages Scandit’s unique blurry scanning and dynamic range capabilities to the fullest extent. The move follows a recent prediction from Gartner that companies using Google Glass or other wearable devices could save $1 billion a year in field service costs over the next five years.
Samuel Mueller, CEO with Scandit commented, “We’re enhancing our software to support Glass-based barcode scanning so that businesses can fully exploit the potential that wearable smart glasses can bring to the enterprise.”
He added, “We predict that in the enterprise, Glass and similar wearable devices will enable ‘hands free’ inventory management, procurement and asset tracking allowing an employee to look at a barcode on a carton, or a pallet, say ‘scan’ and retrieve associated data, or capture data for recording inventory. ”
Gartner predicts that the ‘hands free’ element of ‘smartglasses’ (AR spectacles) technology would be a major factor in its growth.
This will apply particularly to industries with employees working off-site, such as field service, healthcare and manufacturing.
Whilst virtually no companies are using AR spectacles currently, Gartner predicts that within five years, 10 per cent of organisations with field service workers will have taken up the technology.
“Two of the fastest growing enterprise sectors for Scandit are manufacturing and logistics,” continued Samuel Mueller.
“Both of these are heavily dependent on barcode scanning. We also see massive opportunities in other industries, such as retail, automotive, entertainment and the public sector.”
Scandit foresees that ultimately scanning and image recognition capability being embedded into a whole range of other devices – even in contact lenses.