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Hard hat comes with Android-powered reality features

Daqri is building the world’s first augmented reality hard hat, powered by Android.
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September 9, 2014
DaqriSmartHelmet

A company called Daqri is building the world’s first augmented reality hard hat. The helmet is powered by Android and includes sensors and cameras that provide for 360-degree vision.

The “smart helmet” will be able to do a number of different things such as reading service manuals or other documentation without using your hands, mapping job sites and identifying machine parts. In order for the helmet to work, the person will need to have a wrist-worn control and a slide-down eyepiece.

In theory, the hat can give out early warning signals in case it catches anything that could be dangerous, or perform thorough quality checks on expensive machinery like satellites.

Although Daqri president Andy Lowery told the Wall Street Journal that the hat runs on two Snapdragon processors, the exact hardware details are not yet known at this time. According to Lowery, the hat will be priced closer to laptops with military capabilities.

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Obviously this ‘smart hat’ is meant for specialized uses and not everyday consumers but it’s still cool to see the power of Android reach to new places. What do you think of this concept, like it or not?