Introducing the RealWear HMT-1

What is the HMT-1?

Developed by the amazing minds over at RealWear, the HMT-1 is an Android-based head-mounted tablet (hence the name). This wearable computer has been designed with industrial use in mind and allows you to record whatever you’re looking at while keeping your hands free for the important stuff – like fixing machinery or clinging onto a ladder for dear life. After all, it’s amazing how much safer it is when you’re not using one hand to gingerly point a smartphone at an issue.

While that functionality is all well and good, it’s improved no end when used as a collaboration tool. Coupled with SimplyVideo, the HMT-1 employs an approach whereby any participant on a video call can see what you’re looking at. We’re referring to this as a ‘You-see-what-I-see’, platform. We won’t elaborate because that’s pretty self-explanatory.

What does it do?

The HMT-1 uses Assisted Reality technology. This means that your situational awareness isn’t affected by virtual content popping up directly in your eyeline as is the case with Augmented (AR) and Mixed / Cross Reality (XR). Don’t get us wrong – we love AR and XR, but for instances where you need to be aware of potential hazards at all times, Assisted Reality is the way to go.

In presenting content to the wearer, the RealWear HMT-1 unit features a micro display that sits just below your eyeline and views like a 7” tablet. The device is intuitively operated using a series of simple voice commands. When combined with SimplyVideo, the RealWear HMT-1 blows the medium of video calling wide open, by pairing the device with whichever video platform you use. The combined solution works with Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or through your choice of browser.

Is it complicated to use a Realwear HMT-1 with SimplyVideo?

Absolutely not – that’s why we’re SimplyVideo not CrazilyConvolutedVideo. Everything about SimplyVideo has been developed with existing practices in mind. This ensures minimal disruption the way you work, meaning maximum user adoption. We could explain how easy it is to connect a RealWear HMT-1 to Teams or Meet, but we thought it would be better to show you. Without further ado, meet Chris Dinsdale – SimplyVideo’s Head of Product.

How to join a Google Meet call with a RealWear HMT-1 headset.
How to join a Microsoft Teams call with a RealWear HMT-1 headset.

Told you it was easy.

Use cases

There are a ton of use cases for the RealWear HMT-1. When they’re paired with SimplyVideo, you can bring that breadth of functionality onto video calls for more immersive remote collaboration.

If you thought video meetings were all about a bunch of heads and shoulders on screen, you were wrong. Don’t feel too ashamed though, it’s an easy assumption to make.



Remote Mentor

This is undoubtedly one of the best use cases for the RealWear HMT-1 and the one where companies can see the most ROI. A Remote Mentor or Remote Expert means you can increase access to expert knowledge in the field – effectively live training people using real issues. 

Basically, with a RealWear HMT-1 and SimplyVideo, you can have a front-line worker guided by an expert that’s connected to them and seeing what they see. Let’s say there’s a complex piece of machinery that breaks down and there’s only one person who can fix it. It’s not a problem if they’re already on site, but if they’re on the other side of the country (or even the world), it’s suddenly a nightmare. Productivity could grind to a halt until that expert is on site, and nobody wants that.

Well, rather than waiting for that expert’s availability to open up so they can physically get to the issue, they can instead join a call and see what the front-line engineer sees. They can provide relevant documentation, images, or diagrams through the HMT-1’s display, or even annotate over the top of content to guide them through the whole process from start to finish. This means everything can be back up and running within minutes as opposed to days or weeks. With the need for travel being removed, there’s no carbon footprint, and you save time and money.

Obviously, this feature can also come in handy in the event that a pandemic rears its ugly head and people can’t travel.

Visual Assistance

As already touched upon, the RealWear HMT-1 can be used to capture photos or video content when accessing hard-to-reach places. With SimplyVideo, this information can be transmitted to relevant parties through a live video call.

The display also allows front-line workers to be presented with documentation by a colleague while keeping hands free. A practical example of this would be where the HMT-1 is used for a realtime visual inspection that includes photos or footage. This would be a far cry from writing notes down in a log book with something as rudimentary as a pen, like your grandad would have*.

*We wholeheartedly apologise for any offence caused to stationery enthusiasts.

So, in a nutshell, that’s why we love the RealWear HMT-1. If you want to hear us going on about it at length, get in touch.

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