Augmented reality. Oculus Rift, Samsung VR and Google VR have the play side covered. Google Glass is a step ahead on the social and personal heads-up display. But, Daqri has your back when it comes to work. I’m talking blue collar work. Daqri has designed a helmet for engineers out in the field, construction workers and technicians in the factory. The Daqri smart-helmet is an Android powered hard hat with a complete array of sensors to allow the wearer to have a 360 degree view of the world they’re working in.
“What the Daqri Smart Helmet allows the worker to do is take work instructions and augment data or information right on top of the actual work environment,” says president Andy Lowery. Daqri has also embedded two Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and it can record data from multiple cameras. The video below also shows that this next-gen hard hat will pair with smartwatches for additional features and also have a retractable display so AR is only there when you need it.
You might think, after seeing the video and reading this, that this is a pretty cool ‘futuristic’ product we’re talking about. But, Daqri hopes to be shipping real units to customers as early as next month. Still in the future, but a very close and realistic future. The questions are: Will Daqri be able to provide a usable, productive product that companies and their workers will benefit from? And will this helmet enhance the buyer’s final product or service. Personally, I hope it will, because I LOVE new technological products that useful to us and our economy.
I guess we’ll all have to wait and see. More power to you, Daqri.
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