ProGlove is a smart glove that enables manufacturing and logistics staff to work faster, safer and easier. Process steps can be documented handsfree and the smart glove gives instant feedback to its user. Therefore, ergonomics, efficiency and quality can be improved.
With ProGlove you work and scan at the same time, so free hand scanning and therefore a more ergonomic work is one of the core functions. Through the integration of currently discrete functionalities into the ProGlove, the worker saves the time of taking and replacing formerly separate tools, omitting extra steps out of the process.
The Munich-based company was founded by Thomas Kirchner, Jonas Girardet, Alexander Grots and Paul Günther in December 2014 after coming third in the Intel “Make It Wearable” Challenge with the goal to bring wearables in industry environment and make the worker ready for Industry 4.0. ProGlove has successfully closed its first funding round of $2.2 million in May 2016, led by Intel Capital, GETTYLAB and Bayern Kapital.
ProGlove combines technology with a common glove that the worker in the industry is already used to. The usage of this simple and smart wearable improves speed, quality and data, and can simply be integrated into human based workflows. For the workers’ acceptance and adoption of wearables it is critical that he is already used to the clothing item – and everybody already wears gloves. The plug & play solution can be implemented without integrational effort, what obliges process and project managers.
Its design, consisting of a core computing unit and a glove, adapts perfectly to the industry environment. This has already been recognized by BMW, Festo, Audi, Penny and around 80 other organizations, as well as chancellor Mrs. Merkel. They see ProGlove as a comprehensive solution for the instant start of Industry 4.0.
Currently the startup is working on the second product, which should offer even more information and feedback to the worker by an included display.