Google Glass for the Workplace

  • BY Justin Alvarez

Over the past year, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Google Glass (as you may have noticed by some of our coverage here). However cool the product is, there has always been a question of the product’s benefits to your everyday life—should we always be wired to the internet whenever our heart desires? It’s a question to debate; however, Motorola is building a similar head-set device aimed directly at business users that provides an answer to its uses and benefits.

The HC1 headset mobile computer, which will be available next year, will allows workers to operate the computer simply with voice commands or head movements. What stands out with Motorola’s new product is its ability to “be used in harsh environments and most remote locations, where access to complex graphical data or text is needed and using a laptop or handheld device is impractical without obstructing vision.”

The device also allows for streaming video, which can be beneficial when field technicians in dangerous situations can troubleshoot with support hands-free or in situations where traditional laptops and handheld devices are impractical without obstructing vision.

“We focus on government, defense, telecommunications and public safety markets,” said Nicole Tricoukes, business innovation manager for Motorola Solutions. “Plus, the technology is different for business users, to solve complicated problems. It is durable and features high resolution and can be used by workers to map schematics or view documents. It offers a Windows-type of environment, just like looking at a laptop screen.”

The devices will start at around $4,000 to $5,000. While not as attractive as Google Glass—and not intended for everyday use—the HC1’s abilities pave the way to advances in fields as widespread as medicine, especially trauma care. As Tricoukes added, “The ability to play a video of an incident like an aorta trauma, and being able to review that before surgery, is something that hospitals and trauma training centers are interested in.”