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October 19, 2021

AR headset maker RealWear partners with Autodesk for an ‘assisted reality’ construction management solution

Can an augmented reality solution improve productivity and safety in construction?

It’s been a while since we’ve written about RealWear, a provider of assisted reality solutions for frontline industrial workers, but, since then, the company has continued to evolve its HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 head-mounted wearables, creating new solutions and strong partnerships along the way. In a recent partnership with Autodesk, RealWear promises to enhance worker productivity and safety for Remote Construction Project Management.

By integrating Autodesk Construction Cloud with RealWear’s flagship HMT-1, construction teams have hands-free access to project documents, plans, and models, and can easily execute construction quality, safety, and project control workflows. By using simple voice commands, workers can interact with Autodesk BIM 360 and take HD photos with the device’s front-facing camera.

Not only does this enable construction teams to remain focused on the task at hand so they can work smarter, but it also improves workers’ safety by maintaining full situational awareness and keeping their hands unoccupied for work.

While traditional document or tablet-based workflow management solutions require workers to either hold a clipboard or remove their PPE gloves to operate a tablet’s touch screen, RealWear’s solution provides a micro-display equivalent to a 7” tablet without obstructing their view.

“Connecting people to their jobs and each other is essential in today’s digital economy. We’re excited about teaming up with Autodesk to enhance worker productivity and safety with assisted reality,” said Rama Oruganti, Chief Product Officer, RealWear.

“This integration will accelerate the digital transformation of the construction market, empowering frontline workers with a human-centered, assisted reality wearable that allows them to reach their full potential while protecting their safety.”

Designed for Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Manufacturing, and more, RealWear’s HMT-1 is a fully rugged head-mounted device that snaps into safety helmets or attaches to bump caps and can be used with safety glasses or corrective eyewear. Apart from the previously mentioned high-resolution microdisplay that’s like a 7" tablet, the device also works under bright sunlight, and is water and shock-resistant, as well as dust-tight, and provides full shift internal battery, which is swappable for continuous use.

Owned by Atlas Holdings, Permasteelisa, a company in engineering, project management, manufacture, installation, and after-sales services of architectural envelopes, is already adopting RealWear’s new solution. “We are excited to deploy the devices to empower and retain our best workers by outfitting them with a full solution that will make them safer and more productive, delivered by two of the leading technology players in the field,” said Gordon Earle, Group Operations Executive, Permasteelisa Group.

In the past couple of months, RealWear has been pushing its technology to the market to safely bring hands-free connectivity to frontline workers. Together with Zoom, which gained a huge boost during COVID, RealWear’s assisted reality devices became the first in the category to integrate the Zoom Meetings client application. In another partnership with Lenovo, the RealWear HMT-1 devices became certified for use on Lenovo’s ThinkReality platform, expanding frontline workers’ access to optimized, hands-free 2D applications, and are now available through Lenovo’s global sales network.

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