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Vuzix and COVID-19: Helping Businesses Manage the Shift to Virtual Workspaces

23-March-2020

Smart glasses help businesses adjust to pandemic

COVID-19 affects business globally. Companies quickly shift operations to improve their chances of survival. Granted, some industries are more at risk than others. Small businesses that rely on customer interaction are more at risk than giant corporations.  

Nevertheless, every industry needs to rethink

their strategy.

Depending on size and industry, businesses react differently. Retail and service industries must close and exclusively sell goods online. 

Meanwhile, some industries adopt remote work. For these companies, smart glasses could keep operations running smoothly.


Service rep using Vuzix Smart in the lower left working with a group on a conference call.


Rethinking the future of work

In various industries, travel is a vital aspect. The travel industry itself is at risk. To survive, airlines suspend most commercial flights.

Evidently, it is time to reconsider how we approach work. The choices businesses make now will have long-term impacts. The pandemic has made us hyper-aware of our reliance on air travel and face-to-face interaction. 

Indeed, work that previously felt impossible to complete at home must now be completed outside the office. 


Working from home

The technology to efficiently work from home has existed for years. Evidently, we can reduce our reliance on travel with teleconferencing. 

Video meetings have previously been seen as unreliable but internet access and connectivity have improved alongside video technology itself.

However, a virtual meeting can be more than merely looking at a computer screen. Smart glasses bring interactivity and agility to meetings - crucial for demonstrations or workplace assessments. 

Not being fixed in a meeting room expands our capabilities. Using smart glasses, companies can provide office tours to consultancy firms they’ve hired. Such a tour would provide better understanding than a memo or email.



Smart glasses like the Vuzix Blade could change the classroom forever
Credit: TNW


Beyond the home office

Smart glasses also impact those who work in remote areas. These people can continue their work while streaming to an employer or client. In some cases, they may be streaming to a colleague who can help guide them through repairs.

Meanwhile, healthcare professionals can use video streaming when assessing cases of COVID-19. Person to person infection is reduced by virtual assessments. Moreover, video streaming prevents close contact while guaranteeing patients access to doctors. 

As a result, training through teleconferencing will continue to have benefits once the coronavirus crisis has ended.


Smart glasses after the pandemic

Some estimates state the effects of the pandemic will persist into June 2021. From this point forward, the need for teleconferencing will be more apparent. Even after lockdowns, there will still be pressure for businesses to pursue the technology. 

Investing in teleconferencing and wearable technology protects business and health services against crises. Furthermore, it prevents transmission of COVID-19 while maintaining communication with clients and investors. Smart glasses offer a view into a business that webcams can’t provide.


If you’d like to learn more about how smart glasses can help your business, contact our business development team here.