Friday, July 13, 2018

New Smart Glasses Solution Designed to Increase Efficiency for Logistics Warehouse Operators

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EUROPE – The latest in a line of products designed to speed up and augment supply chain efficiency within a warehouse environment comes with the news that Toshiba has announced the arrival of its latest enhanced 'Assisted Reality' smart glass solution, xPick, a 'pick-by-vision' order picking capability designed to improve workflow efficiencies within the warehousing and logistics sector.

Earlier this year, Toshiba’s Client Solutions Division (CSD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, unveiled its completely wearable Augmented Reality (AR) solution to combine the power of a Windows 10 Pro PC with the robust feature set of industrial-grade smart glasses. Toshiba’s dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses system packages together separate components which together will provide a solution for many clients including pick and pack operations.

The company’s new dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display (HMD) is now twinned with its dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC which it claims gives a completely wearable personal computer system which maximises mobility, productivity and security without compromising flexibility. The new solution will be available across Europe from this month.

These new enhanced capabilities have been delivered through Toshiba’s strategic partnership with Ubimax, an enterprise offering wearable computing solutions, which boasts long-standing experience in developing dedicated solutions to improve the workflows of customers across many industries. xPick follows xMake, xInspect, and xAssist as the most recent addition to the dynaEdge’s suite of assisted reality workflow modules, optimising productivity for businesses operating in the industrial sector. Jan Junker, Chief Commercial Officer, Ubimax, said:

“The reception from our customers and partners following the launch of our first suite of modules was overwhelming. We’ve really responded to market demand by further enhancing industrial workflows with the expanded level of smart glass solutions we’re running on the Windows platform. Working alongside Toshiba to drive transformational change across a variety of sectors has been a real highlight of our partnership. xPick, running on Toshiba’s dynaEdge platform, will work seamlessly alongside our existing modules to create efficiencies on an entirely new level.”

The latest solution is designed to improve productivity levels throughout workflows, assisting from the manual order picking, sorting, and inventory management stages, right through to goods receipt and removal processes. Efficiencies are delivered through a hands-free, assisted reality display with instructions transmitted directly through the data glasses into the employees' field of vision. Barcode-scanning, weight-checking and localisation modules can be included to increase accuracy levels and further streamline workflows. Maki Yamashita, Senior Vice President, PC & Solutions EMEA, Toshiba Europe, commented:

“Intelligent assisted reality solutions have really captured the market’s attention over the past 12 months. Indeed, our latest study found that 77% of all IT decision-makers surveyed in Germany plan to introduce this innovative technology to their businesses over the course of the next three years. We’ve found that the opportunity to maximise productivity whilst expanding an organisation’s suite of connected devices is a winning combination, particularly when it comes to manufacturing and logistics-based enterprises.”