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 earbuds 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.

The video below highlights the HC1’s features.

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