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The three most important criteria of smart glasses

In industrial use, it is not only important to use a powerful device that is comfortable to carry for the employee, but also the robustness and longevity plays an important role. Therefore we classified the different types of smart glasses regarding the following three key factors.



Robustness

It does not make sense to use smart glasses that are too sensitive to dirt, noise, rough handling and other external factors that normally occur in real-world industrial use cases. Except your application takes place in a clear and sterile laboratory or alike.

Performance

Processing power, field of view, battery lifetime, camera resolution are only a few of the factors that drive the overall performance of a certain type of smart glasses.

Wearing comfort

The human factor matters most. Therefore the wearing comfort of smart glasses drives the acceptance of this technology and finally the success of its deployment.

Realwear HMT-1

The HMT-1 is very robust and explicitly designed for industrial applications. It is IP66 protected and therefore protected against water and dust. The control is possible via voice alone and works very well due to the 4 built-in microphones with active noise cancelling. An exchangeable battery allows applications over several hours.
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Realwear HMT-1Z1

The HMT-1Z1 is very robust and explicitly designed for industrial applications. It is IP66 protected and therefore protected against water and dust. Furthermore, it is currently the only device with ATEX Zone 1 certification. The control is possible via voice alone and works very well due to the 4 built-in microphones with active noise cancelling. An exchangeable battery allows applications over several hours.
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Epson BT-300

An additional nosepiece allows the device to be pulled over any corrective or safety goggles without further customization. For outdoor use, tinted spectacle inserts are included.

The relatively extended temples of the Epson BT 300 result in limited wearing comfort, especially for people with smaller heads. The device is not suitable for rough environmental conditions, as it is relatively filigree in design. Audio is only available through external headsets.
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Epson BT-350

Compared to the BT 300, the Epson BT 350 is somewhat more robust and has adjustable carrying handles. An additional nosepiece allows the device to be pulled over any corrective or safety goggles without further customization. For outdoor use, tinted spectacle inserts are included.
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Vuzix M300

The computing unit with touchpad is decoupled from the external battery, so that the weight of the entire device is relatively well balanced. The external battery can be changed during operation, which allows longer use scenarios. The display can be mounted on the left or right side and can be adjusted almost arbitrarily by 3 freely movable joints.

The integrated touchpad does not always work properly, especially when wearing work gloves. However, there are easy-to-use buttons as an alternative control option.
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Trivisio Loc30

Trivisio is the only supplier that offers hardware customization. In case you might need additional sensors or a different form factor, Trivisio headsets are a good choice.
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ODG R7

The head height of the powerful device can be mounted magnetically via clip, as can the eyeglass lenses and the nose piece. Thus, when the ODG R7 is used by several persons, the essential skin contact points can be easily individualized for hygienic reasons.

This device is not available at the market anymore.
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Microsoft Hololens

Equipped with 4 cameras and a depth sensor, Microsoft Hololens is one of the few devices capable of positioning holograms in space. This enables impressive visualizations of 3D content. For remote assistance applications an auto focus is missing and the overall robustness is not as high as other devices.
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Google Glass Enterprise Edition

The Google Glass is the monocular data glasses with the highest wearing comfort. The device can also be worn for several hours without any problems. In addition to touch control, the device has an integrated voice control.
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