The Google Glass may not have been adopted by the public as the company would have hoped for. But at least one company is thankful for the existence of the augmented reality (AR) eyewear. US aircraft maker Boeing build airplanes has adopted the Google Glass for its manufacturing process. The Verge says that Boeing’s research and technology division has been using the original Google Glass to construct aircraft wire harnesses. Also Read - Google Glass-like device could help treat people with memory problems: ReportAlso Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking feature
“Because planes contain hugely messy and complex webs of wires to connect electrical systems, technicians have to manually build them out, a painstaking process based on PDF assembly guide viewed on a laptop screen,” the report said. With Google Glass to replace that computer display, Boeing says it reduced production time for the harnesses by 25 percent and cut error rates in half. Also Read - Apple Glasses might come earlier than expected, may launch in 2021
Boeing has been using AR glasses since 1995, when it experimented with early head-mounted displays and rudimentary software. But due to bulkiness of the device, they shunned it and switched to an affordable and more powerful Google Glass to accomplish tasks.
Initially, the basic device was a failure as it was not able to pull information from Boeing’s databases in real time. So the company asked APX Labs — the maker of a smart glasses software platform called Skylight — to produce a higher-quality Glass app that Boeing could give to its technicians on the assembly floor. The Skylight app now works perfectly allowing a Glass wearer to scan a QR code, which pulls the wireless harness software, and then scan another code to load the assembly instructions. The app also supports Glass voice commands and lets users stream what they’re seeing to another technician in the event of something unexpected.