A group of folks testing out Google Glass, the computer-enhanced "glasses" that project info into the wearer's field of vision, recently got to see one potential future of automotive manufacturing at GM's Orion Assembly in Michiganhome to the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic.
That's where the group of "Google Glass Explorers" saw how General Motors is testing similar wearable technology to help further improve the quality of its future products. As one example of this, GM demonstrated how its version of Glass could be used to teach manufacturing teammates successful manufacturing techniques by showing first-person videos on the device. And to prove how effective that method could be, the Explorers were able to experience it all for themselves, first trying their hands at applying corrosion sealant before seeing a video, and then again after.
One of them was Kevin P. Trovini, who also happens to be chair of Business & Technical Writing at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Mich., and according to his account on GM's Fastlane Blog: "The difference was obvious: For such a technique-reliant procedure, the learning curve was greatly improved by the ability to pracice the skill while simultaneously viewing a demonstration of correct form."