February 01, 2016

The next wave of manufacturing innovation will come from the Internet of Things.

Indeed, connected networks of factory hardware are already enhancing process transparency and enabling previously untapped analytics in several plants.

Wearable technologies have the opportunity to further improve operational efficiencies.

Also known as wearables, the term refers to devices, often connected to the Internet or to other devices that are worn on the body and can be used to enhance communication to and from the users.

Wearables are likely to be adopted quickly, given the potential benefits in communication, productivity, and safety – and depending on the type of technology that’s employed.

For example, communication can be improved through smart glasses or voice command devices. Step-by-step manufacturing instructions can be transmitted visually through smart glasses, while two-way audio headsets can give users real-time notifications pertinent to their activities on the floor.

Productivity increases from wearable voice command tools can increase factory warehouse efficiencies up to 30 percent, according to vendors of the technology. Other wearables can monitor health and stress levels of employees through fitness trackers, while GPS and beacon technology can easily locate employees and prevent them from entering a dangerous zone, such as machine cages and boilers.

Work Metaphors in the Post-PC Era Optimized by Device
If you stretch your imagination and go back a few decades, mainframe computers were the dominant form of enterprise computing and occupied the physical space of a room.

Work Metaphors in the Post-PC Era Optimized by Device

During the next stage of the computer evolution, mainframes evolved into a client-server architecture, with clients running as desktops and servers running as towers or domes. Following Moore’s Law, computers have become smaller while providing the same or greater computational and memory capability.

Today’s tablets and smartphones can fit inside a purse or pocket while providing greater capability than the desktop computers of yesteryear.

This process is comparable to the evolution of timekeeping devices, which advanced from community-wide clock towers to pendulum clocks to pocket watches to wrist watches to a point where many carry no watch at all, but rely on mobile technologies.

The success of each version was judged by how well each device helped users tell time. Just as clocks shrank from giant towers to smaller devices on our wrist or phone, computers have evolved from colossal size to a wearable design. This unrelenting march towards miniaturization provides us with a new platform aiming to provide us with the most pleasing and intuitive design to make our interaction with the computer seamless.

This is the advent of wearable computing.

Download the Paper: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Wearable Technology