While the uses for Google Glass range from kinda cool to are-you-kidding-me, BMW has come up with a clever application for the video-capturing eyewear. BMW is testing Google Glass as a means to connect quality control technicians and development engineers in real time using images and videos.
Google Glass now allows quality control to send images and videos from the Spartanburg, South Carolina factory to the analysis center in Munich, Germany. Every two minutes the video temporarly saves the files from the on-site technician checking out pre-production cars for quality issuses, and those files can be sent and saved permanently at the analysis center. So instead of having to describe an issue over the phone later on, technicians can actually show images or video of the problem, which can then be reconciled with data from the engine.
The pilot project has shown “promising” results thus far, and has proven especially useful when issues become hard to replicate. Another promising area is testing, as each car requires between 10 and 25 tests that require technicians to bounce between the car and their entry terminal. With Google Glass, technicians can now stay in the car and catalog each test without ever leaving the vehicle. Priced at $1,500 each, Google Glass is hardly cheap, but the time and effort it could save are almost certainly more valuable.
That’s a time and a back saver, and BMW is already considering other uses for Google Glass, and I can think of a few myself. Imagine, for example, having engine schematics downloaded to the eyewear, highlighting problems, telling you what tools you need, and what order to add or remove fasteners. While other suggestions for Google Glass have centered around the driving experience, this wearable tech could one day turn almost anybody into a master mechanic.