July 22, 2020 – Vuzix Corporation, a supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) technology and products, has today announced that it has formalized a collaborative partnership and resale relationship with ProGlove, a provider of wearable scanners, to bring together a combined product solution to address the growing need for greater efficiency and safety in industries spanning retail, transportation, logistics and manufacturing.
The combined solution, consisting of ProGlove’s MARK product family of wearable barcode scanners and Vuzix’ latest augmented reality smart glasses for business, will offer enterprise users a solution that assists with the secure flow of information, as well as increased user comfort and productivity gains, according to the company.
ProGlove provides solutions for barcode scanning, which is an important function for stock movement tracking and documenting process steps to ensure traceability through supply chains and manufacturing floors. Through the collaboration with Vuzix, ProGlove will be able to provide a scanning solution that it states is easy to deploy, reliable in use, helps to cut scanning time and picking errors through refined worker feedback, and is most importantly built around the human worker.
ProGlove’s MARK worker feedback solution provides a combination of haptic, visual and audio signals to confirm correct picks and identify wrong picks when items are scanned. The MARK product family is roughly the size of a matchbox and is integrated into a glove. As a personal wearable, the company states that the wrist-worn and glove-affixed devices are a safer solution compared to handheld scanners because a worker’s hands remain free with full dexterity.
“We are eager to build an ecosystem for the benefit of our customers,” commented Andreas Koenig, CEO at ProGlove. “Vuzix’ outstanding smart glasses and AR applications make it an excellent fit for this quest. Whether it is about training scenarios or providing additional information for human workers out in the field or on the shop floor, I am sure this partnership will dramatically increase the reach and possibilities of our joint product offering.”
According to ProGlove, its MARK family of hardware is used by global industrial brands such as BMW, Bosch, and Lufthansa Technik. BMW also recently published a video showcasing the integration between ProGlove and Vuzix Smart Glasses.
“Vuzix is very excited to partner with ProGlove to combine industry leading wearable technologies into a completely hands-free product offering for the enterprise worker across a number of key verticals including retail, warehousing, manufacturing and logistics,” said Paul Travers, Vuzix President and Chief Executive Officer.
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