Product Review: Wearable Computers for the Industrial Sector
XR Today recently lauded the RealWear HMT-1 as “arguably the world’s best industrial-grade AR smart glasses headset to date.” Noting some high-profile use cases, the review outlines how the HMT-1 offers significant operational advantages for businesses in the industrial space. While we don’t classify our design as smart glasses since it’s not a see-through screen, by design, it’s a fantastic review we wanted to share.
Here are some of the highlights.
Designing Industrial Sector Technology
XR Today’s first review category started with the RealWear HMT-1’s overall design, which is something the RealWear team is especially glad to hear.
The RealWear HMT platform is designed with safety in mind from the ground up with safety in mind. The hands-free approach allows industrial workers — who often need both hands to manage tools and their own safety — to quickly access the information they need to do their job.
The high-resolution micro-display can show a variety of multimedia without impeding the wearer’s field of vision, which is crucial in frontline work where environmental hazards can be a part of the job.
The headset’s slim form factor is also compatible with common frontline personal protection equipment. These can include:
- Eye protection
- Ear protection
- Respiratory masks
- Hazmat suits
- Heavy gloves
The HMT-1 can also attach to the RealWear Workband if PPE isn’t an issue.
XR Today praised the HMT-1’s user-friendly interface. It’s crucial that their tools don’t distract frontline workers from their environment.
The HMT-1 runs on Android, which is familiar to most wearers. This lets organizations create proprietary apps specific to their business needs. Or, they can run existing apps designed for regular Android devices. Dozens of out-of-the-box solutions are also available from RealWear’s broad portfolio of technology partners.
Users can control the entirely hands-free HMT-1 with voice commands. With an innovative “say what you see” approach, users simply speak an available command out loud and the HMT-1 will do the rest.
Smart Glasses for the Industrial Sector
While XR Today goes into the HMT-1s specifications, the article highlights the device’s durability:
“The RealWear HMT-1 is arguably the most rugged and durable smart glasses device available on the market today, making it the perfect choice for any users working in harsh industrial environments like factory floors, oil rigs, or construction sites.”
The RealWear HMT-1 is built to be:
- Dust and waterproof with an IP-66 rating
- Shock resistant to withstand a two-meter drop onto concrete
- Durable in extreme conditions that require equipment to be rated at MIL-STD 810G
The headset comes with field-swappable batteries that last up to 10 hours of normal use, four digital microphones with active noise cancellation, and a high-resolution camera that can capture 1080p videos.