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January 22, 2013

Motorola Solutions Dives into Hands Free Computing

Motorola’s goal is to increase productivity through the use of hands free computing devices. In October 2012 at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exposition, in Washington, D.C. Motorola unveiled the HC1 Headset Computer. It is designed to be a hands free enterprise mobile computer. The HC1 uses advanced voice recognition, head gestures and video streaming. It can access applications to view business documents, schematics and complex graphical data. The headset computer is intended to be used in harsh environments where you need your hands to work.

The HC1 uses Kopin Corporation’s optical micro display technology. This provides the wearer with a view that is equivalent with the size of a 15 inch laptop screen. The headset computer can connect through a local Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile hotspot. The connection gives the HC1 access to data on remote networks. Through the use of an optional camera accessory, images and videos can be transmitted to a business center where they can be viewed by someone who can make a quick and accurate decision to resolve problems efficiently. 

Dr. Andrew G. Cook, senior vice president of Operational Excellence and Innovation at AREVA Inc., said, “In the highly demanding and regulated nuclear energy industry, innovation is essential in meeting ever-increasing standards for safety and operational performance for our utility customers. With the Entervise Remote Expert application running on Motorola’s HC1 headset computer, we can perform independent quality oversight at nuclear power plants without requiring a second person to enter restricted areas. With the HC1’s added camera functionality, our on-site technicians can enlist the support of our experts at the home office in real time to see exactly what is seen in the field and help them resolve conditions quickly and safely. We expect that the HC1 will provide us with measurable gains in productivity and efficiencies that will reduce radiation dose and operating costs.”

Motorola has several devices that are designed to help workers in warehouse environments. These are devices that can be worn on the wrist and fingers. The wearable product family gives workers mobile computing and scanning technology literally at their fingertips. Motorola has two devices that are worn on the fingers.

The RS409 is a wearable ring scanner. You wear this unit on one finger, leaving both hands free to pick up or move packages. The RS409 uses the SE4500 imager. It features a powerful 624 MHz processor, fast sensor shutter speed and patent pending fast-pulse illumination laser like performance on 1D and 2D bar codes.

The RS507 is a hands free cordless imager. It is worn on two fingers. Both units are designed to be worn over gloves. The RS507 is a Bluetooth capable device. This unit also uses the SE4500 imager. It also has excellent motion tolerance that gives the user very fast and extremely accurate scanning speeds. A bright central dot is used to ensure quick scans even in bright daylight.

Moving up to slightly larger units, Motorola has the WT4000 wearable terminal. The WT41N0 is a hands free voice and data device. You can wear it either on your belt or your wrist. The RS409 can connect to this unit. It is an ambidextrous device as it can be worn on either wrist. It features a dual core processor; a mobile operating system that can take advantage of both processors, a Windows Embedded Compact 7, 2GB Flash memory and 802.11a/b/g/n support for connectivity to wireless networks.

Motorola is providing incredibly rugged and durable hands free devices. They can withstand extreme temperatures including functioning in a cooler or freezer. To complete the package the RCH51 is a cabled headset accessory that can connect to any of the WT4000 wearable terminals.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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