Two weeks ago a seismic shift happened over in Mountain View. For the first time since the introduction of Google Glass, Google itself acknowledged the device’s potential as an enterprise tool.
On its Google Glass page on Google+, the company writes, “Something we’ve also noticed and are very excited about is how Explorers are using Glass to drive their businesses forward. A number of companies have already teamed up with enterprise software developers to create new ways to serve their customers and reach their business goals.” The post also cites the example of an oilfield services company using Glass to increase safety and efficiency for their employees in the field.
As we look at Google Glass and its competitive counterparts, we’re struck by how its adoption curve has the potential to follow that of the earliest smartphones. You’ll recall that in the early goings, tools like personal digital assistants had some presence in the market — but the first such tool to really break through was the BlackBerry.
BlackBerry didn’t get us all toting smartphones by chasing the consumer market — rather, it started as a business tool. As select businesses and industries found relevant applications, they doled out a few devices to senior staff. With use, additional opportunities became obvious (and the tool itself became something of a status symbol) — leading to more and more people wanting their own.
With Google’s shift, a number of voices in the industry have begun to see new opportunity for wearable point-of-view technology — starting at work.
Most notable among those voices is J. P. Gownder of Forrester Research. In his latest Quick Take report, he notes, the value of Glass varies by vertical and by role. Some early, promising enterprise scenarios include:
Google Glass’ onboard camera presents a new opportunity to capture video — hands-free, point-of-view recording. The possibilities are endless:
And if you’re a Panopto user, once you’ve recorded a video with Glass, it’s easy to post it to your Panopto video library and share it with colleagues, partners, or customers. Just plug Glass into your laptop’s USB port, grab the video file, and drag it into Panopto’s web-based upload tool. In a few minutes, Panopto will encode the video for playback on any device, and with our Smart Search technology you’ll be able to find any word that’s spoken or that appears on-screen in the video and fast forward precisely to that point in the recording.
See it in action! Check out the short video below to see how you can record video from Google Glass and upload it to Panopto in less than 2 minutes.
Video is the proven, easy way for organizations to connect, train, share, and work for effectively. To see how Panopto can help your organization share knowledge, ideas, and expertise more effectively. Contact our team for a free trial of Panopto today.