JPL Experiments with Wearable Technology


JPL’s interactive and learning solutions teams are venturing into new territory by investigating innovative business solutions using Google Glass. As part of the exclusive Google Glass Explorer Program, JPL will help shape the future of Google Glass by providing feedback to its creators.

Google GlassGoogle Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a hands-free format that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands. It also takes photos and videos, sends text messages and makes phone calls.

“With the explosion of the wearable technology market, Google Glass represents a next generation viewpoint of these technologies. It allows for high levels of user interaction in common everyday tasks as well as the potential for simplifying complex business tasks through its natural user interface voice commands and its capability to capture things from the user’s perspective,” said JPL Interactive Developer Greg Cooper.

“Glass’ feature set may allow for workers to accomplish tasks they would have required them to have hands on a keyboard or mobile device or to provide additional information or feedback to users to enhance the work they’re already doing,” he added.

“The possibilities are endless as we think of ways Google Glass could enable our clients to train on the job, for example, and be productive in environments where laptops, tablets and even smartphones are not an option,” said JPL President Luke Kempski.

As part of the Google Glass Explorer Program, JPL seeks to gain insight into the capacities of the technology to be on the forefront of this evolving market to provide better solutions to its clients.


About JPL: JPL combines creativity and interactivity to design engaging learning experiences that improve performance. The firm partners with clients from strategy through content development and technology implementation. JPL’s learning solutions produce results in leading global corporations, associations and government agencies.