MOTOROLA HC1 HEADSET COMPUTER
Picture immediately accessing and viewing business-critical documents and complex schematics with just a simple voice command or turn of your head; or to quickly and simply collaborate with remote team members. No hands, laptop or fixed mobile workstation required. That’s the power of the HC1 Headset Computer from Motorola Solutions.
Motorola Solutions has released its own head-mounted wearable computer based on Kopin Corporation’s Golden-i headset. Aimed at industrial and military users who need to keep their hands free on the job while viewing documents and schematics or getting help from far afield specialists, the Motorola HC1 Headset Computer places an 800 x 600 (SVGA) full color TFT micro-display at a viewing distance that provides a virtual image size of 15 inches. In keeping with the hands-free theme, the headset can be controlled via voice recognition and gesture controls.
Running on Windows CE Professional, the unit is powered by a TI OMAP 3 dual-core processor running at 800 MHz, with a 3D graphics accelerator and 512 MB of RAM. There’s 512 MB on onboard Flash storage with the ability to expand by up to 32 GB via Micro SD card. It boasts Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) connectivity and can stream video back to base using an optional two-megapixel camera accessory that can capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps).
Audio is handled by two bi-directional noise-canceling microphones located on the display pod and an adjustable “near ear” speaker that can be replaced by ear buds if so desired. The unit also sports a mini-USB port and two USB 2.0 ports for the connection of the camera accessory or other peripherals. Data entry can also be done via Bluetooth-connected devices or by using a virtual onscreen keyboard.
A gyroscope, accelerometer and digital compass provide head-tracking capabilities that allow the scrolling, panning, tilting, zooming, rotation and freezing of onscreen documents and schematics, as well as the ability to perform application functions with the turn of the head.
Hands-free operation is also possible using a voice recognition interface that supports multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese, with Motorola claiming an accuracy rate of 98 to 99 percent. An API providing access to hands free operation, voice recognition and gesture control software modules is also included for the creation of custom applications and functions.
The adjustable display pod is designed to be positioned just below the wearer’s line of sight and can be placed on either side to accommodate the dominant eye. Cushioned pads can be removed for cleaning while adjustable straps provide a custom fit with the headset designed to be worn with glasses and safety gear including helmets.
The unit comes with a 1950 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery with a 4800 mAh extended life battery also available. The unit weighs 670 g (23.6 oz) sans camera module with the standard battery and 125 g (4.4 oz) with the extended life battery.
The HC1 is priced at around US$4,000 to $5,000, with discounts for volume purchases.
Designed with an OMAP3 Dual -Core Processor, the HC1 offers fast and reliable performance.
• Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 Professional
• WLAN (802.11 b/g), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and USB connectivity
• Full color, SVGA, Transmissive TFT (800 x 600) micro-display; full virtual 15-inch monitor positioned below your line of sight. User configurable for left or right eye dominance
• Advanced speech recognition software with noise cancelling supporting up to 6 languages
• Integrated 9-axis head-tracking technology with a digital compass
• 3D graphics accelerator
Responds to a voice command or tilt of the head
The HC1 has advanced speech recognition and natural language software that supports six languages for responsive application command and control. Dual bi-directional noise-cancelling microphones and near-ear loudspeaker — which can be replaced with noise-cancelling ear buds — keep communications loud and clear. The headset’s powerful accelerometer and digital compass deliver smooth gesture control and accurate direction and position orientation for smooth navigating through applications.
The weight and balance of the HC1 are optimized for hours of comfortable use. By design you can configure the micro-display and near-ear loudspeaker depending on your needs. Adjustable straps provide a custom fit and removable comfort pads can be cleaned or replaced, allowing one device to be used by multiple workers.
Multiple data entry options
The HC1 supports a variety of encrypted Bluetooth-enabled data entry options, making it a dynamic, highly customizable tool.
Accessory interface and available options
A modular accessory interface for USB connectivity makes the addition of peripherals as simple as snapping them on. In addition, the HC1 features a wide assortment of accessories, including multi-slot battery chargers, carrying cases, ear buds, pads and straps that help customize the HC1 to meet specific operational needs.