RealWear’s HMT-1 AR Headset Helping Automotive Companies Achieve Greater Productivity

RealWear HMT-1 AR Helmet Helping Car Companies
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The RealWear HMT-1 head mounted wearable provides the foundation for Connected Worker programs. The smart helmet can be used in wet, dusty, hot, dangerous and loud industrial environments. A fully rugged head-mounted device, it optionally snaps into safety helmets or attaches to bump caps and can be used with safety glasses or corrective eyewear.

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RealWear is a Vancouver, Washington-based AR startup that develops industrial helmet for workers. In July, the company closed an $80 million Series B financing round, bringing the company’s total funding to over $100 million.

The high-resolution micro display fits just below your line of sight and views like a 7” tablet. It’s an industrial dashboard; there when you need it and out of your way when you don’t.

The wearable is making a huge impact in the automotive industry. Companies like Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault achieved greater productivity with this wearable.

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd is expanding its initial launch of RealWear HMT-1 headsets that use the Atheer Augmented Reality Platform. The RELS system (Remote Expert Live Support) combines Atheer’s connected worker solution and RealWear’s HMT-1 wearable rugged Android tablet to connect Retailer technicians to experts in Milton Keynes, reports RealWear.

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RELS will empower Volkswagen Group UK Ltd Retailer technicians in the following ways:

  • Now technicians can get real-time guidance from remote experts when they run into a problem they can’t fix on their own.
  • Technicians can access critical documents and schematics with a few simple voice commands. No need for bulky binders.
  • If they need a refresher on any part of a new electric vehicle, they can access just-in-time training in seconds.

Toyota Germany deployed a different connected worker solution with the HMT-1. The company used AR Support solution by Essert Digital together with HMT-1, and was able to achieve a 20% cost savings in field service.

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“With the augmented support software we can better decide when a field service is really necessary. This increases the availability of the experts, improves the support of our dealers and increases customer satisfaction. The goal in the first year is to reduce 20% of field service through the augmented support software. Each of these missions costs us about 1000 euros, as soon as a significant sum comes together,” said Achim Koch, Product Quality Manager, Toyota.