Los Angeles-based augmented reality developer DAQRI is looking to bring the humble protective hard hat into the modern era with the Smart Helmet – a Google Glass-like system geared specifically towards industrial applications.
Construction sites usually require some form of protective headgear in order for anyone to gain access, and DAQRI sees this as an opportunity to integrate extra functionality applicable to the work environment.
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The Smart Helmet design includes two retractable displays that sit in front of the user's eyes, much like Google Glass and other AR headsets. When not needed, they slide up.
The helmet is equipped with four cameras that can cover 360-degrees around the wearer. It's also equipped with a depth camera, which is crucial for knowing where to display information, and an inertial measurement unit for keeping track of movement. DAQRI says that the screens are visible in both bright and dim lighting situations, which will be critical if this is to be used on job sites.
Potential uses for the technology include photography, 3D mapping, putting instructions and information overlays right in front of workers.
DAQRI says that, since the helmet is based on the Android OS, apps developed for the helmet can be used across other platforms. Companies who purchase the helmets can also develop apps for their own use.
The DAQRI Smart Helmet is expected to ship in October, but the company isn't forthcoming with pricing information at this stage ... though given the hardware on board, it's easy to speculate that it's is going to be rather on the high side.
Below is a video overview of the DAQRI Smart Helmet.