Wearables are still an entirely new category in the tech market. Most people are just starting to get acclimated to the idea of a smart watch, and Google Glass is still not mainstream. But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t experimenting with ways to use Google Glass to benefit their businesses, and KFC is one of them. KFC is owned by Yum brands, who also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, and they’ve been experimenting with software on Glass to make their workers more efficient. Ankur Gopal, a KFC engineer and CEO of Interapt, developed the program that runs on Glass. The program gives the employee a series of prompts on how to perform tasks such as food preparation, appliance use and closing the store.
Gopal estimates using his program on Glass would save Yum Brands 2% of its labor costs which would result in tens of millions saved across all 8000 locations owned by Yum. Currently Google Glass costs $1500 to purchase, and there is no word on how many each location would need but hardware costs could rise across 8000 locations unless a deal is worked out with Google. If KFC implemented this idea and worked out a deal with Google, it would mark a hurdle jumped for Google. More adoption of Glass is needed for both consumer and enterprise to take notice. What do you think about KFC’s idea to implement Google Glass in this way? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.