Fujitsu have this week at Mobile World Congress been showing off some pretty interesting wearable devices that currently being developed for vertical and industrial markets. Referred to as a ‘Glove-Style Wearable Device’, this new device supports touch and gesture-based input in environments not suited to conventional tablet devices. Nicole got a chance to see a demo at the Fujitsu booth, Mobile World Congress.
The Fujitsu wearable glove is designed to make it easier for engineers and maintenance staff to engage in digitized activity logging and reporting, especially in dirty or even dangerous environments where it’s not so practical to pull out your tablet or Smartphone. The wearable glove can be used in conjunction with smart glasses to simply perform operations, log events or even send email report with a simple gesture.
Imagine a factory or any industrial environment, where equipment is tagged with an NFC identifier, the glove’s NFC reader can receive data that can be read on the head-mounted display, while relaying data to your tablet and the server with a specific per-configured gesture.
The glove itself is fitted with a contact detection sensor , a NFC tag reader, gyro-sensor and an accelerometer, all housed together in a light glove that shouldn’t become uncomfortable in everyday use – the battery in particular is pretty light-weight. All components are pretty low-power consumption so the expected battery life is around nine hours.
As you can see in the video, technology is still in its early phase of development, but the reality is that technology used in the glove are maturing. NFC tagging and reading, gyro sensors, accelerometers and other sensors are opening up new possibilities that companies like Fujitsu are exploiting to develop new solutions.