Wearable technology is one of the fastest-growing technology industries, now outpacing the growth of smartphones. Compared to smartphones and other well-developed digital devices, wearables are more sleek and easy to interact with. Fitness trackers are great examples of the roles of wearables. They fit comfortably on your wrist and are easy to glance at. However, the future of wearable tech holds a much broader scope of applications, especially in the workplace.
Industries like manufacturing, construction, and food processing are actively looking for solutions to monitor, engage, and manage their workforces at scale, in real-time. In this case, smart wearables powered by AI deliver insights about workforce productivity and safety, making the management more efficient and more effective.
Safety regulations in these manual labor industries have long included the wearing of hard hats, boots, protective goggles, and gloves. With the evolution of wearable devices and AI, there is even a more efficient and effective way of protecting workers from injuries. The wearable devices that were once niche applications, are now providing crucial functions for industrial companies to thrive and grow.
On manufacturing sites, the use of a smartwatch can help to analyze workforce safety by measuring their body postures and moving speed, while also detecting high risk activities like trips or slips, as well as entering unsafe work zones. This technology can even predict the potential risk based on workers’ historical performance. With audible or vibration-based alarms, workers will be notified of dangers and unergonomic motions. Accidents can be more easily prevented and the response in real-time.
With the evolution of AI and automation, there are even more valuable insights if the industries use the wearables systematically, and in a scalable way. Wearables data together on 100s to 1000s of workers, combined with AI can analyze the degree of targeted automation of a specific job type, and determine which steps are most inefficient or unsafe for humans to perform. It is an excellent approach to improve productivity. Moreover, by analyzing the actual workload in different job lines, managers can rearrange and optimize the workforce in a more effective way.
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