With warehouse order picking systems becoming increasingly sophisticated, logistics service provider DB Schenker has introduced smart glasses into its order-picking operations.
The system has been trialled in Bremen and Rodgau, Germany, with the team in Rodgau combining this with intelligent scanning gloves from ProGlove.
The glasses are manufactured by Picavi which uses Google Glasses to project required information into the user’s field of vision. This means warehouse workers have both hands available for their primary work of picking goods instead of holding a hand scanner and paper documents.
ProGlove is an intelligent scanning glove that is activated by pressing a button on the glove, allowing employees to use both hands for picking.
The smart-picking technology consists of two components: the glasses and either a finger ring or scanning glove. After the ordered item is picked, which is recorded by the ring or glove scanner, the next order is displayed on the lens of the glasses. The user only needs to look up slightly, which means their normal field of vision is not compromised. The system is controlled using buttons on the battery pack, which weighs 200g and is attached to the employee’s belt.