German start-up reveals new wearable barcode scanner

Wearable technology manufacturer ProGlove unveiled its MARK 2 smart glove, which provides hands-free scanning, at 2019’s ProMat in Chicago

The ProGlove MARK 2 [Credit: ProGlove]

The new MARK 2 can connect to a corporate network via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or 868 MHz radio frequency. It enables the user to scan up to 5 feet away from a device and includes a battery that holds up to a 15-hour charge. It works in combination with tablets, smartphones and other portable devices, so employees don’t need a station. The MARK 2 feeds back data and provides information to employees, reporting errors or pointing out prioritized shipments.

The company claims that the MARK 2 smart glove enables manufacturing, logistics and retail to work faster, safer and easier, potentially saving up to four seconds on every scan.

It is now expanding its presence in North America, as smart, wearable device sales are projected to double worldwide by 2022, according to industry analyst CCS Insight.

"Our product connects the worker to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and is enabling industrial workers and management teams around the world to close the digital chain," said CEO Andreas König. "We have just started to scratch the surface on the capabilities of this technology and the companies it can positively impact. Above all, we're putting humans at the centre of our technology and strengthening their role in an era of increased automation."

"ProGlove is an American story made in Germany," said new Vice President of Sales Charlie Grieco. "It began with the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge, and I think we can add many American chapters to that plot because ProGlove's technology is all about hyper-efficiency, unparalleled quality, and the connected human worker. These will be the precise ingredients North American businesses need to gain and maintain a competitive edge in the Industry 4.0 era."

ProGlove was named a finalist for the 2019 MHI Innovation Awards – Best Innovation to an Existing Product Category for the MARK 2 smart glove.

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