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Vidyo introduced its wearable video technology for smart glasses platforms ahead of Enterprise Connect 2015.

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Vidyo has unveiled a wearable video technology platform for smart eyeglass application developers as the vendor...

begins to tap the mushrooming Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.

The technology, the VidyoWorks platform for smart glasses, is built around mobile client APIs, allowing smart glasses application developers to embed real-time audio and video into their applications. Among other uses, the APIs will let smart eyewear users conduct a hands-free video call in real time or record video for viewing at a later date.

Vidyo released the technology a week ahead of Enterprise Connect 2015; the technology has earned the vendor a bid for Best in Show.

Vidyo will be showcasing the technology with display manufacturer and software developer Vuzix. Vuzix's enterprise-grade M100 smart glasses are the first smart eyewear product to feature VidyoWorks technology, said Mark Noble, Vidyo's director of product marketing.

Historically, Vidyo has played behind the scenes, lending its video functionality to products like Google Hangouts and the Nintendo Wii console. Providing video capabilities to IoT endpoints is a natural fit for the vendor, said David Maldow, founder and analyst for Let's Do Video.

Wearable video, under any network conditions

VidyoWorks is a developer platform used for adding video communication to an existing application or Web portal. Vidyo's APIs include Scalable Video Coding and the vendor's VidyoRouter technology to ensure video remains reliable over public networks. 

The VidyoWorks mobile client APIs for smart glasses will allow app developers to create unique applications for different industries, with manufacturing and fieldwork already seeing adoption, Noble said.  

For example, technicians can share real-time video of what they are seeing with a more experienced engineer in another location to diagnose and solve problems. Using the embedded VidyoReplay technology, video interactions can also be recorded and stored as evidence that a job was completed, he said.

Smart glasses embedded with Vidyo technology can connect to room-based video conferencing systems, or any unified communications platform. Smart eyewear users can also connect to another person regardless of that user's endpoint, including smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs.

"The smart glasses can be just another endpoint that connects into a [business'] ecosystem," Noble said. "The technician could be reaching an engineer on a Lync client or a [homegrown] field services application using our APIs."

Other industries that stand to benefit from wearable video technologies include healthcare and retail, Maldow said.

IoT environments can include remote locations or harsh environmental conditions. Vidyo's standards-based API technology is well suited to provide video for IoT environments because of its ability to work over inconsistent wireless networks and the public Internet, Maldow said.

"The [smart glasses] are just a small part of a bigger story. We are going to see video in more places, and Vidyo wants to be the intelligence inside," he said.

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The only problem for Vidyo is that almost no one I know or see ever wears smart glasses. Kind of puts a crimp in development.
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Talk about a solution in search of a problem. There will undoubtedly be lots of specialized uses - think a surgeon in the operating room or a technician in need of schematics - but I can't quite see hurtling over the stigma of video glasses. It's one thing for wearables to record your heartbeat; it's quite another when they're capable of recording someone else's....
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