"Imagine being a worker up on a power pole or cell tower where you need your hands to keep you alive. That worker may need help and guidance that he was not expecting, and he could get that with the wearable technology," he said. "Having a hands-free environment is helpful."
Another scenario: Delivery drivers who need information or may need to communicate with dispatch without using their hands.
But, as Hazelton pointed out, "often the first-adopters in any organization are in IT."
"It's actually faster and easier to use them," he said. "You could actually say that touch computing is the traditional method now."
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