The Future of Wearables: Virtual Reality for Business

Virtual Reality and Wearables for Business

Episode 7 in this week’s Future of Wearables podcast features Jay Iorio, Director of Innovation at IEEE. He looks at the impact of mixed reality brought about by wearables. Mixed reality is when the real world merges with the virtual world – physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time – to produce new environments and experiences. His conversation explores how people can and will use wearables to create and interact in these physical and virtual reality environments – particularly at work. Find out why Iorio sees wearables as a crucial piece of the mixed reality future becoming our normal environment.

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THE SOURCEBITS TAKE: CREATING APPS THAT AUGMENT PEOPLE’S WORK

Google Glass may have failed in delivering a compelling wearables experience for consumers – but companies like Vuzix have flourished in the enterprise space. Wearables for the enterprise provide real utility for workers – they can increase efficiency and save work time by allowing employees to access data and instructions, while leaving their hands free to handle tools, machines and equipment.

A publicly traded company providing video eyewear products, Vuzix first came to Sourcebits back in 2013 to give a total overhaul to their demo user interface for the M100 Smart Glasses.

Sourcebits developed an Android “partner app” that makes it easy for employees to find, download and control Vuzix apps from their smartphone, and seamlessly sync to the M100s. The other core apps Sourcebits created deliver primary functionality while offering UI/UX design best practices for the new interface.

The Results:

New Customers: Thousands of M100 units have shipped to enterprise customers around the world
Big Names: 40 of the Fortune 100 companies now use Vuzix products to enhance employee efficiency
Distribution Channels: In late 2014, Lenovo signed a deal to sell the M100 Smart Glasses in China
Secured Funding: In January 2015, Intel invested $24.8 million
Stellar Reviews: Average 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon

LET’S TALK WEARABLE APPS

We love delivering our mobile design and app development services to innovative clients around the world – and they’ve asked us to create awesome apps for the wearable tech market. We even built LifeWatch, a concept app for the Apple Watch.

If you’re thinking about entering the wearable tech market or have an existing app that you’d like to reimagine for the Apple Watch, smart glasses or other devices – you’ve come to the right place.

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Piotr Gajos, Chief Innovation Officer

Piotr is Sourcebits Chief Innovation Officer. A 2006 Apple Design Award winner, Piotr draws much of his inspiration from film and music, and focuses on leading our Innovation Strategy Workshops, generating new ideas for Sourcebits, and consulting on projects.