Speech, Not Silence,
Personal eyewear is a product destined to move fast
s a follow-up to my March/April column about time. It pairs with PCs, cell phones, or handheld industrial
A speech becoming ubiquitous in mobile devices devices, giving users a choice of options.
(“Mobility Ubiquity”), I have an update about a unique Sell-itself applications include any job that requires
mobile device to share. Every once in a while a product hands-free work. For example, warehouse applications
comes along that has the potential to bowl people over, are a natural fit for Golden-i; workers on the warehouse
when the benefits of using it are so readily apparent. floor can see pick lists or update data fields. Delivery
Voice messaging, at its inception, was such a technology; drivers, who are always handling packages, will be able
the BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Kindle were others. to update delivery information or access delivery instruc-
Golden-i is set to join this rarefied class of products. tions hands-free.
Golden-i is the brainchild of Kopin, a semiconductor Service technicians in the field also stand to benefit.
company that is the largest U.S. manufacturer of micro With Golden-i, they will be able to access schematics,
displays for use in everything from digital cameras to drawings, documents, or pictures to assist in their work,
personal eyewear. Introduced a year ago, Golden-i has update work in progress or closed work orders, and send a
been refined and is now being launched into the market. picture or video to support staff to help diagnose a problem
It uses the Microsoft Windows Embedded or report a condition. Golden-i eliminates
CE 6.0 R2 operating system, embedded in Every once in the need to carry laptops into the field,
a lightweight, Bluetooth- and WiFi- a while a product thereby removing problems associated with
enabled headset, along with a micro dis- comes along trying to view a computer screen in condi-
play that is positioned below a user’s that has the tions with a lot of sunlight.
normal line of sight. potential to bowl The unit will really come in handy
What the user gets is a complete visual people over. among users for whom it