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10/21/2014
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Wearables At Work: 7 Productivity Apps

Wearables are great, but what good would Google Glass or the Galaxy Gear be without useful apps? Here's a sampling of the latest business apps for wearables.
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SpeechTransThe SpeechTrans translation and dictation app is a useful tool for the international traveler. Tap a recording button and speak in one language, and SpeechTrans translates what you say into any language you choose. SpeechTrans has recently been configured to work on wearable devices running Android and Android Wear. It runs natively on the Epson Moverio BT-200 smartglasses, and it works on Google Glass via the HP My Room web conferencing app. SpeechTrans also has its own Bluetooth wristband that tethers to your Android or iOS device. In addition to speech translation and dictation, SpeechTrans includes document translation, a currency converter, and long-distance calls with translation.

SpeechTrans
The SpeechTrans translation and dictation app is a useful tool for the international traveler. Tap a recording button and speak in one language, and SpeechTrans translates what you say into any language you choose. SpeechTrans has recently been configured to work on wearable devices running Android and Android Wear. It runs natively on the Epson Moverio BT-200 smartglasses, and it works on Google Glass via the HP My Room web conferencing app. SpeechTrans also has its own Bluetooth wristband that tethers to your Android or iOS device. In addition to speech translation and dictation, SpeechTrans includes document translation, a currency converter, and long-distance calls with translation.

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10/31/2014 | 11:44:09 PM
Re: wearables at work have a lot of potential
Pedro its great point, but some of the wearbles don't display to the employees their information only the employer.
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10/29/2014 | 12:51:09 PM
Re: Wearables At Work

I have seen some companies use wearables on white collar workers in the name of increasing productivity and learning the habits of highly effective workers Its hard for it to feel non-intrusive but tis here in many offices there are some companies that imbedding tracking devices in employee id cards and they can be tracked anywhere on the corporate campus.

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10/26/2014 | 11:29:00 AM
Just came in being.
The wearable devices are just in the early stages of there development, they will eventually be enhanced further with much variety of apps avalible. There will be much new features developed as more competitors will enter the market which might end up making it a necessity.
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10/23/2014 | 8:35:16 AM
Voice Access to Existing Reports
Treycent's apps allow users to access public (internet) and private (intranet) content by voice from their Android Wear smartwatch, Android smartphone or Chrome desktop browser. Just create a voicelink (a spoken question/phrase and a URL) to retrieve content from reports, wiki articles, etc. Voicelinks can be shared so that teams and organizations can save time and effort in accessing information and can create their own question answering service for knowlege sharing. So, for example, you could say "What is the current XYZ project status" to your smartwatch, have it voicelinked to an exiting project status report, and have a number or text returned off of that report to your smartwatch, for example: "in-progress". By sharing all team members would have similar access. Follow Treycent on Twitter to learn more.
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10/22/2014 | 1:05:27 PM
Re: Wearables At Work
You can understand why UPS or FedEx, for example, wants to monitor worker movement statistics. But white collar workers being asked to wear trackers is going to cause resentment, if it comes to pass. Productivity and value to a business can be measured in many different ways...
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10/22/2014 | 12:49:30 PM
Re: Wearables At Work

It's a great question in Europe wearables have been used for years to assist with productivity in warehouse jobs, they report greater safety and productivity after introducing wearable's. They have also used them for work force management by measuring efficiency of one worker vs., another at the same job. Most likely they will be gaining greater penetration in the US.

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10/22/2014 | 11:17:26 AM
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The phone is enough for me. I don't want to be tracked more than I already am. There are cameras everywhere, desktop, laptops, iPads, phones...I don't want devices attached to my body. Do you think these wearables will be the "norm" in 10 years?
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10/22/2014 | 7:34:29 AM
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This concept is probably one of the best uses for a smart watch that I've seen.  There are some concerns and some limitations but couple that app with the proximity beacons and clocking in/out becomes very simple.  I'd like to see the beacons used for something more than tracking down customers.  We have workers moving around multiple warehouses and I could see this used to watch traffic, improve pull times and aid in assessing workloads.
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10/21/2014 | 1:18:47 PM
Re: wearables at work have a lot of potential

The convenience is terrific but I also have difficulty reading very small print. Audio capabilities on these wearables would help in that regard, both for receiving information and taking information into the app. I also would guess some employees might be concerned about wearable apps and their privacy in the workplace.

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10/21/2014 | 11:55:37 AM
wearables at work have a lot of potential
I liked all the productivity apps, I liked the ability to get right of identification cards for work and being able to clock in for work but not those that involve reading documents on a small screen.  I have problems reading documents from small screens.
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