Friday, June 3, 2016

Forget Robots, Cyborgs are where it's at...

Image result for terminator datesNo the Terminator is not coming yet -but the good news for your warehouse is that Wearables are here!!

For some supply chain and logistics functions, rugged wearable computers can be a real time saver. At the same time, the cost of managing these devices can be daunting.  Too often, rugged wearable computers cost 5x to 10x the cost of consumer electronic devices with one-third features. Are you looking to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) on these rugged devices? If yes, you are not alone. As more and more devices come to market the pricing continues to fall.

Motorola WT41N0-T2H27ER
What is a rugged wearable computer?
Rugged wearable computers are devices that are worn by users in their arms while performing various functions, like picking and packing in a warehouse setting. Wearable computers provide hands-free way for users to operate the data collection device thereby improving the productivity and efficiency of users. Wearable computers have been in the market since mid '90s and have been proven to improve the efficiency and accuracy of operations.

The MDS-Nx system fully support wearable devices with either finger scanners or bluetooth connected scanners. 

Age of consumerization
Most of the technology based devices and applications have their origins in business environments. They were first developed for business applications and then gradually launched in consumer markets. That is until recently. Since the introduction of Apple's iPhone, the consumer electronics industry has driven the advancement of technology devices. Now, many consumer devices are finding their way into enterprise environments. Consumerization is the "growing tendency for new information technology to emerge first in the consumer market and then spread into business and government organizations." Consumerization of IT is everywhere and more and more businesses are adopting their policies and processes to support this trend. According to IDC Research "iOS will be the top operating system in the enterprise among companies that deploy mobile products to employees." Many companies, from Kraft Foods, Sunbelt Rentals, D.W. Morgan to Lowe's and GE are deploying consumer devices in their enterprises.

Image result for wearable technology warehouseBut, even with all the promise and advancement of consumer devices in the business environments, these devices lack some of the core needs of warehouse and distribution center operators.
so for now we are still using the venerable Windows Platform but as the needs arise and the technology shifts both Android and IOS devices will likely replace the technology in use today.

The time is ripe for consumer mobile devices to enter enterprise environments such as warehouses and distribution centers. With appropriate rugged enclosures and intuitive apps, consumer devices like Apple iPod Touch and Android Tablets, can not only replace the existing rugged wearable computers but also provide additional capabilities that warehouse and distribution center operators can leverage.

So yes I realize they are not really Cyborgs yet but it's close enough and they look the part so I am going with cyborgs for now.

The robots will take over the simple stuff, but cyborgs , They are the next phase..

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