Wearable technologies such as Google Glass, which lets you take photos with a wink, or the Fitbit, which tracks your steps, have so far been mostly geared toward consumers looking for new toys. Soon, the same tech could be helping employers track and improve worker productivity.
Workplace-management software company Kronos says it is expanding its software offerings to work with wearables that have tracking and communication capabilities for manufacturing and retail companies. They expect the companies to roll out the new software this year. The devices could have huge benefits for productivity and safety, says Bill Bartow, the company’s vice president of global product management. Nurses, for instance, could wear a sensor on their clothing that detects heart rate and helps them fight off fatigue on long shifts.