Technology in Logistics – Google glass as a audio and display device

Usage of Google Glass in Logistics
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the seriesLogistics Technology

Google glass has been a topic of discussion for close to a year now since its very public display and demo by one of the Google founders Sergy Brin. It is nice to see videos (since I am not one of the few lucky people who got to spend $1,500 /- to get their hands on the developer version of the Google Glass) where Glass performs some actions based on the voice operated commands that the wearer delivers in his own voice using simple language of daily use. Glass take a picture, Glass search for this, etc. are the applications that have been shown way too many times now by the way of multiple videos. The question that I am

Usage of Google Glass in Logistics
Usage of Google Glass in Logistics

pondering upon here is that, can Google glass be used for useful application in the Logistics Industry? Can it help simplify and improve the efficiency of the daily work a logistics executive does in a warehouse or any other setting for that matter? Well, here are a few ideas; –

 Google Glass in a warehouse

Voice operated and light operated pick and stack systems have become quite common in the logistics parlances now. Most of the large scale and sophisticated warehouses around the world are using technologies like Pick to Light  and Pick to Voice for guiding their staff to perform their pick operations that involve the following steps: –

  • Get information about the item that is to be picked
  • Find out the information about the location of the item in the warehouse
  • Find out the best and shortest way to reach the location where the item is located
  • Reach the place
  • Scan the location of the item
  • Pick the item
  • Scan the item (s)
  • Scan the trolley carried by the picker
  • Move on to the next item being that is to be picked up
  • Follow the same cycle again till all the items to be picked in the pick cycle are picked
  • Move on to the packaging area and hand over the items for packaging and further processing

 

So, how can Google Glass help in any of the tasks? Let us take it step by step. The unique thing about Glass is the list of inbuilt technologies it has. Glass has the following features inbuilt: –

  1. Mobile device:- Glass has almost all the features of a basic mobile phone, e.g.,
  2. Head mounted display in front of the wearer’s eyes:The head mounted display in front of the wearer’s eyes can be used to display the information related to the product that is to be picked. Information like the item name, location of the item, quantity to be picked etc. can be displayed. The display can also be used to show the way to reach the location of the next item that is to be picked.
  3. Built in audio device via bone-conductive speaker technology. Additional inputs if required can be passed on to the picker wearing the device.
  4. Connectivity to the internet
    1. via smartphone using Bluetooth tethering
    2. Via Wifi by transfering the Wifi connectivity information to glass using QR codes or via the web control panel for Glass. Source: http://www.geek.com/android/using-glass-without-a-smartphone-1560068/
  5. Turn by turn navigation (Need to explore the possibility of in building navigation – using custom built app). I will be a great feature to have. Navigation inside the compound will be a great feature to have. Although Google maps is undertaking an effort to map insides of famous buildings, it will be better for business to make their own maps for their own facilities so that to enable employees to work more efficiently.
  6. Take pictures  – use the camera to either read barcodes or QR Codes. Item that are picked and the locations that the picker picks the items from can be scanned using the inbuilt camera. An app for that purpose will have to be built or found out.
  7. Send and receive messages. Communication between the employees for passing on any information can be taken care of by the messaging facility chosen by the organization.

All of these needs and features need to be explored in greater detail to make Google Glass in Logistics a possibility. It can solve a real business problem by providing the basic platform for providing such services. One question that is pertinent to all the above possibilities and assumptions is that, will Google be able to launch the device as a consumer product for the mass market? This is very necessary for Google Glass to be successful and for different types of usage of the device other than the simple Google glass that is being talked about as of now.

I will talk about the possibilities in more detail in the next part of the article.

 

Automobiles manufacturing the traditional way – watch “Ultimate Factories – Lamborghini”

Automobiles manufacturing - ultimate factories - lamborghini
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the seriesAutomobiles Manufacturing
Automobiles manufacturing - ultimate factories - lamborghini
Automobiles manufacturing – ultimate factories – lamborghini

Recently I came across this video on Youtube – published by National Geographic as part of their series on Ultimate Factories. This video is all about the way the world famous Lamborghini is manufactured. This one interesting automobiles assembly line i thought I should share with you all.

I have posted the video below. This is just amazing how they assemble the Lamborghini…. Take a look.

Business Case: – The Idle ERP Functional Consultant

Sitting idle at a client’s facility can be one of the worst things to happen to a person who takes pride in keeping himself busy in some or the other kind of productive work. And if the person in question is a functional consultant for an ERP software, the usage and specifications of which are totally dependent on the client’s requirements, then this becomes somewhat more intriguing.

What can lead to a situation where a Functional Consultant for an ERP is sitting idle at the client’s location?
There can be many situations where the consultant will be forced to sit idle although working at the client’s location. Some of the most probable situations can be: – Continue reading “Business Case: – The Idle ERP Functional Consultant”

LEAN Blogging – The mantra of a Successful Blog

The Lean Blogging Series – Introduction

I am going to start a new series of posts termed as Lean Blogging. This will be a five part series and will deal in many facets of blogging in general and “How to inculcate the principles of Lean in the Blogging scenario”. This is the first post making an introduction of why this series is being taken up and what all the future posts of this series will deal in.

What are the parameters for Blogging Success

There are millions of blogs turning up every year and contributing billions of lines of content. Continue reading “LEAN Blogging – The mantra of a Successful Blog”

6 Things Not To Do for Blogging Productivity and writing great Blog Posts

Every great blog is great because of the quality of content it offers to its readers. So, to be successful in the blogging arena, you ought to write great articles on your blog to make your existing readers and subscribers stick to your blog and attract new readers in hoards.

I am writing this Not To Do List for writing Great Blog Posts. The list consists of things that are the greatest distraction while you sit down to write your blog posts. While doing something I will come across a great idea for the blog post I had long thought I will write about and then when I sit down to write the post I will get distracted by one thing or the other. I have listed and explained below the things that I found the most distracting while writing. Continue reading “6 Things Not To Do for Blogging Productivity and writing great Blog Posts”