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Smart Glasses find applications on Factory Floor
Although consumers were not as excited about adopting Google Glass technology as originally expected, companies with warehouses and factories are giving smart glasses a second look for practical applications, the Wall Street Journal says. Consumers found Google Glass undesirable to wear, but companies that are not as concerned about style are finding the smart glasses to be a high-tech alternative for employees who already wear safety glasses and other job-specific gear.
Large companies like Boeing, Daimler, and United Parcel Service have tested the technology, which gives workers hands-free access to computer-generated information within the lenses. In addition, a company can develop specific apps for the technology to communicate important company information, such as assembly instructions. These companies have found that smart glasses can reduce the need for printed instructions, cut other steps from the manufacturing process, and eliminate production errors, thus boosting overall productivity.
Smart glasses are typically made up of eyeglass frames or a headset that contains a small optic device with a glass prism that extends from the right side of the lenses. This optic device functions as a display screen in the corner of the user’s right eye. The optic display also is Wi-Fi connected and can be activated by speaking, tilting the head, or touching the device. Smart glasses generally cost $800 to $1,500 per pair.
Because of the new applications for smart glasses, sales of the technology for commercial use and in health care are projected to reach $300 million this year, up from $90 million in 2014.
Egg Rationing Trickles Down Food Supply Chain
An outbreak of avian flu is causing a temporary disruption in the supply of eggs in the United States, according to the Washington Post. The virus, which has proven lethal in other parts of the world, has resulted in thousands of new cases each week since April, resulting in a national crisis.
By early June, the avian flu had affected approximately 46 million chickens and turkeys, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Nearly 80 percent of those are egg-laying hens.
As a result, the wholesale price of eggs in liquid form, such as the egg beaters used by large food manufacturers, has increased from 63 cents per dozen to more than $1.50 since the virus began to spread. Not only does this impact foodservice providers that sell egg-filled meals, but it also affects players in the bread, pasta, cake, and other confections industries. In addition, in-shell egg prices per dozen have doubled since the end of May.
Some grocers, including H-E-B of Texas, have begun implementing restrictions on the number of eggs consumers can purchase and are declining to sell eggs for commercial use.
Microsoft to Manufacture Surface Hub in US
Breaking from its tradition of manufacturing its products overseas, tech giant Microsoft announced that it plans to make its new Surface Hub in Wilsonville, Oregon, about 200 miles from its Redmond, Washington, headquarters, the New York Times reports.
In recent years, there has been a surge of optimism about the prospect of high-tech manufacturing jobs returning to the United States after Apple began building its Mac Pro computer in Texas in 2013. Today, these manufacturing moves are still in a minority, as most tech manufacturing is still sent to Asia.
However, Microsoft found that the Surface Hub is so unusual that it could not find existing assembly lines in Asia that could handle its manufacturing. Plus, the product’s 220-pound weight makes it expensive to ship long distances. In light of this, the company determined that the product could be manufactured cost effectively in the United States.
The Surface Hub, which is designed to be a high-tech replacement to conference room whiteboards, measures 84 inches diagonally, includes a 4,000-pixel-resolution screen that can be shared via the internet, and is the largest touchscreen of its kind. In addition, its high price point—$20,000 each—makes the cost of more expensive American craftsmanship less noticeable.
The Microsoft factory employs a staff of a couple hundred engineers and manufacturing employees, offers higher salaries than other similar businesses in the area, and occupies one of the largest empty buildings in Wilsonville. The employment boost also has helped other area businesses, including restaurants, to grow.
SUNY Buffalo State Offers Free Training for Unemployed
In response to the need for more skilled manufacturing employees and the US unemployment rate, State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo State has launched a 12-month Advanced Manufacturing Training Program, according to the Buffalo (NY) News. The program, which began in May, is free to participants who meet eligibility criteria. SUNY Buffalo State is recruiting for another class that will start August 3 and hopes to educate a total of 48 students within the program’s first year.
The program consists of classroom lectures, as well as hands-on training at manufacturing plants. Students who complete the SUNY Buffalo State program will emerge with a Basic Machine II Operator Certificate, National Institute for Metalworking Skills certification, and 12 academic credits applicable to a SUNY Buffalo State bachelor’s degree in technology.
In order to be eligible for the program, students must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be unemployed for 20 weeks or more. They must also be able to commit to full-time training 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and be available for full-time work upon completion.
The program, which is supported by grants from JPMorgan Chase and the US Department of Labor, also hopes to increase the number of women, minorities, and veterans who are trained and hired for jobs in advanced manufacturing.