The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is not speculative; it is here. And, workers across the globe are feeling its effects, as technologies and robotics automate routine assembly tasks.

However, contrary to popular belief, Industry 4.0 is not causing a loss of manufacturing jobs. In fact, there are millions of jobs that will go unfulfilled over the next decade because there is a shortage of skilled talent. The manufacturing jobs of the future require a new set of skills, some that may be different than what the retiring generation used. Workers will need to be familiar with new tools that allow them to work in harmony with the data analytics and smart machines of Industry 4.0. One of those tools is smart glasses.

Using head-mounted displays, smart glasses can present critical, timely information directly in the worker’s field of view and can be controlled with simple gestures or voice commands. Some global manufacturers who have deployed smart glasses to upskill their hands-on workforce have experienced a 47 percent increase in productivity, along with reduced errors and greater capacity utilization.

The key benefit of smart glasses is how they transform learning – giving workers information in the context and allowing them to learn by “doing.” As manufacturers and workers look to keep pace with constant industry change, smart glasses provide a simple path toward fast and efficient learning. Workers will be able to remain agile and relevant throughout their careers.

To learn more read Upskill CEO and co-founder, Brian Ballard’s article in CIO Review.

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