From Safety Glasses to Data Glasses
A new app enables Google Glass (spectacles with a heads-up Internet display) to show shop floor data using MTConnect functionality.
Talk about “shop floor visibility.” Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) has released MTConnect + Google Glass, a free Glassware application that monitors machine tools using Google Glass. Google Glass is a heads-up display, camera, touchpad, microphone, email and Internet connection built into a spectacle frame. A special lens puts text and images right in front of your eyes—literally.
What ITAMCO has done is couple this technology with MTConnect functionality. MTConnect is the open-source standard for collecting and communicating real-time information generated by manufacturing processes and factory floor equipment from a variety of vendors. The standard specifies the XML data format, so flowing data on to the Internet is virtually seamless. For example, with MTConnect + Google Glass, a user can walk up to the machine tool and instantly see a display of its current status, efficiency, energy usage and other vital data as approved by the wearer.