• Kurt Schmidt

lessons from entrepreneurs on starting your own business, Part 3

Promote human-machine collaboration

Andreas Koenig, Chief Executive Officer, Proglove

Things changed dramatically for ProGlove, a developer of a smart glove designed specifically for industrial applications, when co-founder Paul Günther made several critical observations during a guided tour through BMW’s central plant: Barcode scanning literally happens one million times per day and plant, and almost everybody wears gloves when working.

What if there was a way to connect the barcode scanner with the glove? This would eliminate the time needed to pick up and drop off the scanner. To make a long story short: His answer was ProGlove’s wearable barcode scanner which saves up to 4 seconds per scan. This accounts for 4 million saved seconds per day and plant. In addition, this translates to more than $4 million saved per day because one second is worth a little more than one dollar in the automotive industry. Needless, to say the idea works almost everywhere where barcode scanning is a factor.

So, what are the learning here?

Human centered design augments the workforce and delivers immediate results.

Micro-efficiencies are extremely powerful because they can scale massively and are more likely to be implemented.

Technology is most valuable when it promotes human-machine collaboration.

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