BRITAIN: Report from CIO: Members of Boeing’s research and technology division say they’ve used the original Google Glass to construct aircraft – @AceFinanceNews

#AceFinanceNews – July.14: Boeing is using Google Glass to build airplanes

Google Glass, the company’s augmented reality eyewear, may have been a huge consumer flop, but it’s still finding its way into the workflows of professionals. In a report from CIO.com, members of Boeing’s research and technology division say they’ve used the original Google Glass to construct aircraft wire harnesses. Because planes contain hugely messy and complex webs of wires to connect electrical systems, technicians have to manually build them out, a painstaking process based on PDF assembly guide viewed on a laptop screen. With Glass to replace that computer display, Boeing says it reduced production time for the harnesses by 25 percent and cut error rates in half, according to CIO.

Boeing’s history with AR glasses dates back to as early as 1995, when it experimented with early head-mounted displays and rudimentary software. Due to battery, size, and network constraints, it wasn’t a viable strategy. Now, thanks to lower costs and exponential jumps in computing power, Boeing can use a wire-free device like Google Glass to accomplish tasks. For Boeing, it started with a demo. Jason DeStories, a R&D engineer with Boeing Research and Technology, got a demo designed for harness assembly using the first publicly available Glass units. The team called the software Project Juggernaut, but it wasn’t able to pull information from Boeing’s databases in real time.

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To get an enterprise-grade app for Google Glass, Boeing put out a proposal and caught the attention of APX Labs, the maker of a smart glasses software platform called Skylight. Together, the teams produced a higher-quality Glass app Boeing could hand out to its technicians on the assembly floor. The Skylight app works by 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 supports Glass voice commands, and also lets users stream what they’re seeing to another technician in the event of something unexpected.

Boeing wants to put Glass on the International Space Station

The software was only in use with a small number of Boeing technicians, as part of a pilot program that just came to a close. But Boeing is interested in making Glass and similar AR glasses a fixture on assembly floors, and possibly even on the International Space Station.

One problem it has to solve is security. “For IT [Information Technology] to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to let everything work on the network,’ we have to make sure we have information security vetted, we have to make sure we know what kind of IT support we’re going to need behind it,” DeStories told CIO. “These are the questions we’re answering right now, and we feel like we’re very close to being on a truly connected solution.”

There may be some hope for Boeing in that regard, as Google works to build out an official successor to its original Glass platform. The new Google Glass, which has yet to be announced to the public, is said to be focused solely on enterprise work. Photos of the device popped up in FCC filings last year, and it’s rumored the new Glass will have a larger prism display, a faster processor, better battery life, and 5GHz Wi-Fi support.

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BRITAIN: About half of the 7,000 employees will told they have to take a pension cut after the incompetent management loses money and government cuts services – @AceFinanceNews

#AceFinanceNews – July.14: Thousands of Post Office workers forced to take pension benefits cut

About half of 7,000-strong workforce to shift from final salary pension scheme to defined contribution scheme

About 3,500 Post Office workers are being forced to take a cut in pension benefits as the government-backed service tries to cut costs.

About half the Post Office’s 7,000-strong workforce is being forced to shift from a final salary pension scheme to a defined contribution scheme, a move that unions say could cut retirement benefits by 30% or even more in some cases.

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Nintendo adds $7.5-billion to market value as stock continues to soar amid success of Pokemon Go, currently up more than 16% – @AceFinanceNews

#AceFinanceNews – July.14: Pokemon game adds $7.5 billion to Nintendo market value in two days

People ride escalators past an advertisement of the Nintendo Co videogame maker at an electronic retailer in TokyoShares in Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd soared again on Monday, bringing market-value gains to $7.5 billion in just two days as investors cheered the runaway success of Pokemon GO – its first long-awaited venture in mobile gaming.

The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, allows players to walk around real-life neighborhoods while seeking virtual Pokemon game characters on their smartphone screens – a scavenger hunt that has earned enthusiastic early reviews.

As the game took the U.S. by storm, Nintendo’s shares surged by a quarter in value on Monday to their highest level since November.

Nintendo stock continues to soar amid success of Pokemon Go, currently up more than 16% Google Finance reported

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WASHINGTON: #Obamacare reaches New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person – AP – @AceFinanceNews

#AceFinanceNews – July.14: New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

The nations health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday.

The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor….

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WASHINGTON: Divided House is about to pass a $32 billion spending bill for the Interior Department and environmental regulations – AP – @AceFinanceNews

#AceFinanceNews – July.14: $32B House Interior, EPA spending bill faces veto threat

A divided House is about to pass a $32 billion spending bill for the Interior Department and environmental regulations as Congress prepares to exit Washington for a seven-week recess, but the move seems to do little to advance GOP leaders hopes of fixing the Capitols shattered budget process….

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