Boeing Google Glass Displays Roadmap for Wiring Technicians

Just when you think the adoption of a technology is unsuccessful in the consumer marketplace, someone finds a use for it.  Google Glass’ augmented reality headset is finally seeing some application.  Its small form factor is giving it an advantage at Boeing, where, according to CIO, the aircraft giant is almost ready to roll out a version of Google Glass used when working on the wiring in airplanes.

In 2015, a group of electrical technicians used a beta version of the device to help with assembling wire harnesses, and Boeing publicized the way the device was being used by its technicians. The harnesses connect the wires throughout an aircraft, and they can be a confusing maze of connections. Technicians juggle laptops that show assembly instructions in PDF form in order to match what they see on the screen with the large layouts of wires ahead of them in the real world.

Giving technicians a hands-free approach could make the work a lot easier. It removes the need for keyboard commands, and instead provides an overlaid map of the wires, anchored by the Skylight enterprise platform. The information sits just at the top of the technician’s field of view, allowing them to quickly switch back and forth from the real world to the heads-up display. In the pilot program, each individual job was anchored by QR codes, which allowed the system to authenticate the employee and match their screen to their specific task.

Assembling wire harnesses at Boeing.

Smart eyeglass devices such as Google Glass could be a valuable tool for Boeing’s manufacturing environment – especially for tasks such as assembling wire harnesses. (Source:

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