Google Glass helps Boeing to build airplanes

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has found a new way to make use of augmented reality gadget Google Glass. The engineers at Boeing are making aircraft wire harnesses using it.

Google Glass helps Boeing to build airplanes

Information giant Google's augmented reality (AR) gadget Google Glass has provided a helping hand to US plane manufacturing firm Boeing to build airplanes, according to recent media reports.

Based on  a report from the news portal, The Verge said that engineers at Boeing's research and technology department have made use of Google's Google Glass to build aircraft wire harnesses.

"Since, airplanes contain mammoth messy and complex networks of wires to link electrical systems, engineers have been manually building them," said a member of Boeing. The process is laborious, painstaking and time consuming, which is based on PDF assembly guide system. The entire process is being wacthed on a simple laptop screen," added members.

What Boeing tried initially was to replace that with Google's Google Glass. The team members were able to reduce time taken for production harnesses by 25%. They were also able to reduce error by 50% also, added members.

The flight manufacturing firm has been using AR glasses since 1995, said the company.

Initially, they have experimented with early head-mounted displays and rudimentary software. But due to bulkiness of the device, they shun it and switched to an affordable and more powerful Google Glass to accomplish tasks.

Initially, the basic device was a failure as it was not able to pull information from Boeing's databases in real time.

So the company asked APX Labs -- the maker of a smart glasses software platform called Skylight -- to produce a higher-quality Glass app that Boeing could give to its technicians on the assembly floor.

The Skylight app now works perfectly allowing a Glass wearer to scan a QR code, which pulls the wireless harness software, and then scan another code to load the assembly instructions.

The app also supports Glass voice commands and lets users stream what they're seeing to another technician in the event of something unexpected, the report pointed out.