While many consumers may not have yet found a suitable use for Google Glass, General Motors has. Mlive reports the automaker has been testing three pairs of Google Glass at its Orion Assembly and Warren Technical Center since late last year and has so far found more than one way to utilize the technology in the product.
GM North America non-portfolio project manager Tony Howell first suggested using Google Glass at the two facilities. He said there was an “immediate benefit” to using the gadget, mostly for quality control inspections and for instructing employees through training and development procedures.
“We’re really just experimenting trying to find different uses for it,” GM North America Manufacturing President Cathy Clegg told Mlive. “There are a lot of ideas.”
Howell noted there are countless ways Google Glass could be put to use in the manufacturing sector if GM developed its own operating system for the technology.
“We’ve barely touched the frontier of what this type of technology can provide to manufacturing,” he said.
Google Glass can be customized for different operations, including instructional videos and live streaming and recording what the built-in camera sees. To date, around 100 Gm employees have tested the technology for manufacturing applications and another dozen have actually put the tech to use on the factory floor.
Depending on how practical and useful the technology proves to be, Google Glass could expand to other GM facilities around the globe, Clegg said.