Google’s Glass wearable never broke into the consumer market to any significant degree. Neither Glass’s high price nor geeky look helped with consumer acceptance. Glass found its space in industrial and commercial applications including several in health and medicine. We wrote previously about the use of Glass in electronic health records, for wheelchair control, for correcting vision, and for reference during surgery.
Glass and EyeSucceed have announced a partnership to use the wearable in the food industry, specifically in food inspection and safety practices. The two enterprises have piloted food industry applications since early 2015. With the new partnership, Eyesucceed will work with the restaurant industry on training employees directly at their workstations. In addition, EyeSucceed is testing global food industry applications so partners can view supplier quality and safety procedures and provide assistance remotely. In the latter application, EyeSucceed is working directly with NSF International, a global public health organization that conducts more than 150,000 food safety audit each year.
No matter how odd Google Glass wearables may look, enterprise applications don’t have the same appearance or cost restrictions as the consumer market when the return on investment in health and healthcare pays off.