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Epson Smart Glasses Mean Business
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ChrisMurphy
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5/7/2014 | 10:27:48 AM
Glass at Work
There are going to be a lot of business use cases for smart glasses. Think of repair and maintenance work, where a person can have both hands free and just glance up to look at a manual for assistance. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is experimenting with Glass use in emergencey rooms (just a different kind of repair work, I suppose). Interesting that this business version undercuts the consumer Glass version on price at this stage, whereas the whole consumerization of IT trend around smartphones went the other way.  
Thomas Claburn
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5/7/2014 | 12:20:18 PM
Re: Glass at Work
The pricing is even more curious if there's any validity to reports that Glass costs about $80 in materials. Google insists its manufacturing cost is higher, but there certainly seems to be a lot of padding in there.
Shane M. O'Neill
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5/7/2014 | 2:10:33 PM
Re: Glass at Work
I think smart glasses and other wearables will turn "consumerization" on its head. Innovation and adoption will go in the opposite direction of smartphones -- from the enterprise to the consumer. Wearables solve specific problems for specific industries, whereas smartphones had broad consumer appeal. Moverio BT-200's ability to handle augmented reality overlays is a feature built for businesses of all sorts. Consumers are not ready for that stuff -- maybe someday they will be. But businesses can benefit from it now.
Gary_EL
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5/7/2014 | 2:44:31 PM
Re: Glass at Work
It's great to see another major player entering this field with a different angle, not that anything is wrong with Google's vision. It only confirms the merit of the original idea. This is a very positive development, and it can only speed up the process of this exciting new technology entering the mainstream and finding more great new applications.

 

 
Alison_Diana
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5/8/2014 | 10:25:54 AM
Re: Glass at Work
I've long thought smart glasses are most appropriate for vertical applications like healthcare; logistics; retail, and security. By partnering early with ISVs and integrators, Epson appears to be taking the right approach. Its price point doesn't hurt either. 
danielcawrey
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5/8/2014 | 3:34:44 PM
Re: Glass at Work
I have always thought that workplace-type of applications would be the best use case for smart glasses, especially early on. I am still convinced of this, and Epson has experience with optical imaging technology.

You don't hear much about this particular company anymore, but they may be able to build out the right kind of technology needed for professional-style wearable applications.

This is where the growth will be for now - in the workplace. I think smart glasses for the time being are just too socially awkward for the mainstream right now. 
batye
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batye,
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5/10/2014 | 1:31:48 AM
Re: Glass at Work
for now it more hype of technology... until consumers started voting with they money... plus privacy problems... would love to hear Joe opinion... as per his legal mind...
Michelle
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Michelle,
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5/11/2014 | 2:50:04 PM
Re: Glass at Work
@Alison the consumer market is still a hard sell. I think it's good to focus on other areas. Epson is probably making the right move.


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