Augmented reality is the first catchword that comes to mind regarding wearables in industry: data goggles that, for example, show service technicians all the necessary information directly in their field of vision on the machine. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, which is represented on the market with its own spin-off Oculavis , already presented figures for industrial use back in 2016: only 3.4% of the companies surveyed in Germany used smart glasses, while 15.1% were planning to do so.
These figures are likely to have increased significantly since then, especially if you consider further wearables. Portable technology could do a lot more according to a study by Frost & Sullivan TechVision . According to “ Wearable Technologies for Industrial Applications ”, IIoT technologies in caps or worn around the wrist and equipped with sensors, speech recognition, vision aids, or touch-sensitive technology could increase user safety and provide easy access to virtually unlimited data.