Fujitsu Develops NFC Enabled Gloves
Published on: 19th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Fujitsu Laboratories says that it has developed a wearable device in the form of a glove equipped with a NFC tag reader and that features gesture based input for maintenance and other on site operations.
Using NFC chips in smartphones in increasingly common, but in some work settings, such as those that require gloves to be worn or environments in which hands get dirty, taking out and using a conventional smart device can be difficult. Another hurdle is that users need to stop what they are doing in order to use their smart device.
The company noted that wearable devices need to be comfortable without placing a burden on the user's body, and for that reason, they cannot have bulky batteries. Accordingly, low-power operation is a prerequisite. For the glove device, by equipping the operator's finger with a touch sensor and activating the NFC tag reader only for the moment the object is touched, power consumption is able to be kept low.
With the Fujitsu Laboratories-developed wearable device, users can receive work instructions and other information, just by taking the natural action of touching an object. Task results can also be input using gestures so that operations can be carried out smoothly.
One example of a solution obtained by using the device together with a head-mounted display is when an operator touches a connector or control panel's NFC tag to obtain its work order, then making a simple gesture to register the task's results.
Fujitsu Laboratories plans to perform verification testing on the technology with the aim of bringing a product to market in 2015.