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Enhancing Safety When Using Head-Worn Display Technologies in Warehousing



Research Team:

Maury A. Nussbaum, PhD (PI), Sunwook Kim, PhD, Joseph L. Gabbard, PhD

Universities Involved:

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Start Date:

June 2015

End Date:

June 2017


Augmented reality head-worn displays (HWDs) – or simply “smart glasses” – are an emerging technology that can project diverse forms of information within a user’s field of view. Wearing a HWD can allow the wearer to perform a task hands-free in any location at the job site, while assessing required information in a heads-up manner. Use of HWDs has been explored in various industry applications (e.g., order picking, manufacturing) with the increasing introduction of commercial HWDs. However, HWD technology is still not yet sufficiently matured to be an everyday work technology, and there are important knowledge gaps about how workplace adoption of such technology will affect workers, particularly in terms of safety and health. To proactively address potential safety and health concerns resulting from the introduction of new HWD technology, and to support safer industry adoption of technology, we completed separate four studies.


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