Harvest, Iristick to trial smarter safety glasses

Safety glasses are on the precipice of heightened technology advancement, with ASX-listed Harvest Technology Group and Belgium’s Iristick joining forces to trial industrial smart glasses.

The two companies are commencing trials to integrate Harvest Technology’s Infinity Nodestream and Wearwolf technology into Iristick’s smart glasses, embedding them with video encryption and streaming protocols.

Wearwolf, a software application that runs on wearable and smartphone mobile devices, enables live and secure video at ultra-low bandwidths and over poor quality networks.

This would create safety glasses with hands-free remote assistance, work instruction guidance and pick-by-vision for field workers.

Harvest Technology managing director Paul Guilfoyle told Safe to Work that the majority of its applications to date are found in the mining and resources sector.

He said in an ASX announcement: “We are very excited to be involved in a relationship with Iristick and look forward to our joint opportunities in the future.

“The synergies between our two companies are synonymous with a motivation to deliver high-quality remote communications and assistance from anywhere in the world.

“We have successfully proven our Wearwolf application on multiple wearable platforms and we are confident it can be quickly adapted for use across other wearable devices.”

Iristick chief executive Johan De Geyter said the global pandemic had kickstarted the use of remote assistance via smart glasses as a solution to keep enterprise operations running under strict travel bans and contact restrictions.

“As field workers are sometimes confronted with low or no Wi-Fi connection, this collaboration can overcome that issue and make remote assistance available over low bandwidth, at any possible location, ensuring workers stay connected at any time.”

Market research company Global Industry Analysts estimated that wearable units would reach over 31 million units by 2027, with simple assisted reality glasses forecasted to reach 12.3 million units in the same period.

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