To break the Google Glass, here is Motorola Solutions HC1 wearable computer

October 23, 2012 Gaurav Sood Gear

If you wish to look strikingly different than a normal digerati, Motorola Solutions has put on sale, a new wearable computer, which can be worn over the head and accessed anytime. Though sadly, not as cool looking as the Google’s Glass, Motorola’s HC1 is based on Kopin’s Golden-i wearable technology, an ideal computer for those who want persistent connectivity and are in telecommunications, defense, aerospace or aviation industry etc. HC1 computer system from Motorola comes with a micro display unit which is suspended in front of the user’s eye, just below the forehead. Powered with 800MHz OMAP, dual-core run Windows CE 6.0 PRO and an advanced custom speech recognition that supports six languages for responsive application command and control, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB & 9-axis, head-tracking accelerometer and digital compass. The computer runs a SVGA 800X600 resolutions, which appears like a virtual 15-inches panel.

There are 2 bi-directional (noise-suppressing) micro-phones, which can be used to talk to with a remote support agent and a near-ear loudspeaker — which can be replaced with noise-cancelling ear buds. These can also be used with images, A & V feedback via headset and with voice commands, to navigate through the operating system. This portable computer also has a 2 mega-pixel still photography & 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps) video support, removable & positional USB camera for capturing and displaying what the user is seeing. Additionally, if a Wi-Fi network is not available or traceable; HC1 would look out for a Bluetooth-tethered Smartphone (of course with selective Motorola phones, indeed it can also pull over GPS data) or simply spot the nearby mobile hotspot.

Motorola HC1 is practically and specially very useful for fieldwork. Adjustable straps in this computer provide a custom fit and removable comfort pads can be cleaned or replaced, which allows one device to be used by many workers. With its use, a company can send many normal or regular engineers (with individual HC1 mobile computer) to multiple sites for rectifying faults and troubleshooting with a specialist guiding & instructing them from a command centre rather than sending-in a specialist to each site and this is also more economical than the latter.

In addition to all the above, the HC1 features a wide range of accessories, including multi-slot battery chargers, carrying cases, ear buds, pads and straps that help customize the HC1 to meet specific operational needs. Motorola Solutions have priced HC1 around $4,000 to $5,000 per system unit with some discounts for volume purchases.

Via: SlashGear