Jennifer Smart, Content Marketing Manager

Before joining NGRAIN I’d never tried a true wearable. Sure, my mobile phone would count my steps, so I suppose that counts, but the truly transformative technologies I’d heard about — like smart glasses — were only something that I’d seen and read about on the Internet. But, three months ago (not coincidentally coinciding with my first week at NGRAIN) I finally had my chance.

I had incredibly high expectations. I’d seen all the videos, I’d read all the press and marketing material, and I was ready to be blown away. And, on first placing the glasses on my face (I tried a number of them!) I was thoroughly… underwhelmed. Some felt heavy and slid off my face, others required strange gestures that I would never want to make in public, and others, well, just no.

But it was then that I realised that the manufacturers weren’t really trying to sell me a physical product (not yet, anyway), they were selling me possibility. The hardware available today isn’t an end point, it’s a starting point for the infinite opportunities we have to evolve the way we interact with our physical environment. Rather than be disappointed with the experience and dismissive of the technology, I found myself walking away being excited about what’s coming next.

This is something that I’ve come to have an even greater appreciation for now that I’ve had the opportunity to work at a company that creates that possibility by bridging the gap between hardware and real-world use-cases. By focusing on industrial application, NGRAIN is developing and deploying the technology that allows organizations to operate more efficiently, safely, and profitably. And, while wearable hardware may not be quite ready for its all-embracing consumer debut, it’s perfect for workers in the field or on the factory floor who would benefit immeasurably from real-time access to enterprise data.

This combination of wearable hardware and NGRAIN software stands to completely transform how the industrial enterprise operates its business. Rather than relying exclusively on their five senses for situational awareness, industrial workers now have access to all data that relates to their specific task and are able to direct their behaviour accordingly – all through a non-invasive platform and intuitive software.

Knowing that this is just the beginning, and understanding how quickly the technology is developing, I couldn’t be more excited about being a part of a company that’s taking possibility and making it an (augmented) reality.