Motorola HC1 is a miniaturized computer for use in industrial applications that can be worn on the head.
Motorola Solutions, the U.S. manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, has developed the HC1 computer. It comprises an integrated screen, camera, voice recognition and headphones. In addition, compass, acceleration sensors and rotation sensors are available that detect where the user looks, and allow control with gestures. The total weight of the entire system does not exceed 800 grams, and is intended to be worn on the head. The manufacturer assures that the machine is to be worked with comfortably, even with a prolonged daily use.
Target group of the device are employees in industrial or professional environments. Service employees, for example, can be sent to clients without in-depth training in order to repair machines. On site, an augmented reality application played on the display shows the location of the problem and guides the employee through the complete repair process.
Similarly, Google plans to use its Project Glass, but the rugged Motorola solution is really designed for professional use. The engine of the HC1 computer is the Open Multimedia Application Platform (OMAP) with 800 MHz dual-core processor and 3D graphics accelerator from Texas Instruments. As operating system, Microsoft’s Windows CE is used, which is still commonly found in industrial applications and known to be quite reliable.
The Internet connection is done via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. A live video via the camera of the computer can be transmitted to a command center. In later versions, the application of a UMTS or LTE module is planned to be able to use the system independently from Wi-Fi networks.
First units are delivered in spring. The price of at least $ 5000 makes it clear that the goal of the mini-computer is the use in industrial and professional environments.