APX Labs, the creators of intelligent glasses development platform Skylight, announced a $ 13 million investment in today.
The round was led by NEA, but there were several other involved parties including CNF Investments, GE Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Ventures sinusoid and other unnamed investors. Today’s round brings the total raised to $ 29 million.
At the time the company was happy about the money, CEO Brian Ballard seemed most excited by the strategic investment of GE Ventures and Salesforce Ventures, which he felt really proven that the company is trying to do.
GE is a client, and they are going to make a big deployment over the next 12 months that will be a serious test case for the platform.
Skylight is a provider of smart glasses platform agnostic. This means that it works in a variety of glasses manufacturers, including Google Glass, which focuses on the use cases, the company is now and others like Sony smart glasses, among others.
hardware when used in conjunction with software Skylight allows employees working in any industrial scenario to get instructions on how smart interface points, while keeping your hands free.
With regard to Salesforce, he sees smart glasses as an interface for the Internet of Things, the trend is clearly very interesting. For right now, Salesforce wants to push smart glasses technology field service employees as a way to carry out repairs in the field hands free.
You can imagine any number of scenarios where this can be useful for these companies. For example, at GE you have people working on a huge industrial equipment such as locomotives, jet engines and wind turbines. Using smart glasses with Skylight, they are able to assess the situation, while receiving information with a smart interface points with their hands free. It is unclear how it will be much more efficient than working with the tablet or laptop.
In some scenarios where an employee may be HAZMAT suit or in a large machine, working with a laptop or tablet is not even possible. Smart glasses allow an employee to receive information directly through the glasses.
Ballard sees his industry is just beginning to emerge from generations of hardware and software in the first place, and the movement of some large-scale deployments, as his company’s work with GE.
Currently, they claim that dozens of clients, including six of the Fortune 10. Ballard did not name them all, but GE is a one. Despite this, these are some serious players who are interested in this technology, and it shows that the market may be ready to take off in a big way.
“Our goal now is the largest manufacturer in the world,” he said.
The company also has some impressive partners to help build this market, including Microsoft, Accenture, SAP and Deloitte.
This is too early for the company in Herndon, Virginia, but Ballard hopes to use the money to continue to develop the product, scaling the company to a wider market, and support for more intelligent points as soon as they become available.
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