Konica Minolta Australia introduces the AIRe Lens wearable technology for organisations to expand their human potential

Konica Minolta has announced a new wearable augmented reality (AR) solution, the AIRe Lens. This smart glasses device is designed to enhance training and knowledge sharing in traditionally skilled manual labour and industrial environments.

According to IDC worldwide spending on augmented and virtual reality is expected to surpass $20 billion in 2019.(1)

Developed for a range of applications, the AIRe Lens offers the durability, comfort and high optical quality required for all day use. With its head-mounted functionality, end users can receive information and step-by-step guidance through work processes, such as assembly, maintenance or quality assurance tasks, while maintaining mobility, keeping hands free, and reducing workplace accidents.

In order to comprehensively meet its customers’ needs, Konica Minolta designed the software with a deep understanding of those requirements and tested the product’s application with partners, such as Siemens Brno, with positive results.

Testing the AIRe Lens at the Siemens facility in Mülheim, Germany for quality assurance applications, Julian Melsbach, project lead for smart glasses, said, “The feedback from the operators was very positive, with regard to the mobility and light weight nature of the solution, but also concerning the unhindered vision compared to other smart glasses, thanks to the high transparency and position of the lens.”

Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As education, training and industry generally move towards more digital handling of information, the challenge is how the individual ingests the information. With so much documentation being paper-based, students and workers need a new way to complete complex tasks without losing time, money, and quality. This is where the AIRe Lens comes in.”

With the AIRe Lens, organisations can leverage wearable technology to address concerns including high staff training costs, limited options for tracking work productivity, difficulty in finding skilled industrial workers, long downtimes, or employee inefficiencies.

According to Gartner, companies are increasingly experimenting with immersive technologies, but real deployments are few, and projects could be expensive and complex to deliver.(2)

Shane Blandford said, “What this means is that organisations looking to leverage AR should choose proven technology providers and trusted partners to deliver and provide support for this technology.”

The AIRe Lens is a unique Konica Minolta development. It is a collaborative creation of the company’s own Industrial Optical System Business Headquarters (IOH) in Japan, which designed the optical element at the core of this solution and Konica Minolta’s European Business Innovation Centre (BIC).

The solution will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

AIRe Lens will be available in Australia in early 2020.

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About Konica Minolta Australia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

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References: 

(1) https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44511118

(2) https://www.gartner.com/en/documents/3900270/augmented-and-virtual-reality-in-the-digital-workplace-t 

Konica Minolta Australia extends commitment to healthcare innovation by sponsoring Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Bytes4Health competition

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Australia has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) to support its Bytes4Health Program. The program offers health tech startups the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations to leading healthcare and medical research experts. By working directly with these experts, selected companies will develop their innovations with clinical end user input and scientific validation thereby distinguishing themselves from many competitors and increasing the value of their companies.

As a Bytes4Health Foundation Partner, Konica Minolta will sit on the selection panel that reviews the program applicants and decides the finalists. Konica Minolta has also contributed $25,000 towards the program and will also provide business mentoring to finalists, nurturing the development of new healthcare technology in Australia.

Vickie Edwards, Business Development Manager, Healthcare and Innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Bytes4Health is an exciting program that speaks to Konica Minolta’s core values regarding creating new value for society. Konica Minolta is delighted to be involved and sees this as an important way to bridge the gap between those developing technology products and services for the healthcare industry, and their end users. Konica Minolta is committed to driving healthcare innovation and this partnership is an important way to demonstrate that.”

The program selection panel includes commercial, clinical, technical, and industry professionals, including a representative from Konica Minolta. The panel will choose up to 10 finalists, two of whom will have the chance to co-locate to MCRI for four months. During this time, chosen finalists will develop their technologies alongside leading Australian healthcare experts. Successful companies will each receive $25,000 in funding plus research and clinical expertise to inform further development of their technology.

Vickie Edwards said, “This program provides an outstanding opportunity for organisations to take their products or services to the next level, and to strengthen their professional networks in the healthcare industry. It’s an honour for Konica Minolta to help facilitate this initiative, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information: www.konicaminolta.com.au.