Farmers test Google Glass in collaboration with students from Business Academy Aarhus

Business Academy Aarhus and the Knowledge Centre for Agriculture are amongst the first in Denmark to test the functions of Google’s new, innovative device, Google Glass. Google Glass is expected to improve work routines and thereby increase productivity for farmers.

Google’s well-known wearable technology, Glass, plays an important part in a new project with Business Academy Aarhus and the Knowledge Centre for Agriculture. In Denmark, only few copies of the glasses exist, and one of these will soon be tested by a Danish farmer. 

"The project will involve Computerscience- and Environmental Management students cooperating with companies. We are looking forward to be among the first in Denmark working with this new technology. There are many new, innovative ways of working with glasses like these." says Head of Development and Innovation Hanne Troels Jensen from Business Academy Aarhus. 

Google Glass is an electronic media with a screen and a camera, that provides data in the user’s field of vision through either voice-control or a touch-based interface. The glasses can also shoot photos and video and share these. 

Improves the overview

At cattle farmer  Mikkel Juhl Nielsen from Følle, the usage of tablets and smartphones is already an important tool in everyday life. He is eager to see if the Glass can be an even better IT-tool to improve the daily overview and thereby the bottom line. 

"It does sound unfamiliar and science fiction-like to be wearing (a) computer glasses, but we are already using various apps to register time-consumption in the field, keep track of feed consumption, deliveries and heat. Therefore, I could easily imagine that the glasses would be of great help." says Mikkel. 

Great potential

Back in 2009 the Knowledge Centre for Agriculture created a vision for ‘Farmer Glasses’. Now that Business Academy Aarhus is providing Google Glass to the project, the vision has taken one large step closer to the goal. 

"We see a great potential in Google Glass and the possibility to optimize workprocesses in an occupation where employees are not able to bring a laptop and need to have both hands free. The quantity of data and information is constantly increased and the farmer can easily loose overview. Therefore, he is easily locked in behind his screen at the office, even though he is needed (in) on the farm. Today, the alternative is an increasing (quantiy) quantity of various hand-held devices - one for each system. The farmer needs to have access to relevant information and data no matter where he is located, and this is where the glass can become an important aid." says Senior Consultant Nicolai Fog Hansen from  Knowledge Centre for Agriculture.