Smart glasses using augmented reality may not have taken off among consumers, but are still going strong in the workplace. A growing number of Fortune 500 companies are testing augmented reality, hoping the budding technology will help employees be more productive.
"It's combining the digital world and the physical world," said Tuong Nguyen, principal research analyst at Gartner, in a statement to NBC New. "There are a lot of companies that are trying this technology out."
There is great potential for AR to be used with business leaders trying to promote the "deskless workforce," with many employees deployed out in the field. Access to hands-free, real-time data gives them increased advantage to make things happen while no longer waiting for paperwork.
However, companies are finding there appears to be a lack of industry-ready hardware and enterprise apps - but that problem will likely change with more companies showing interest in AR-related technology.