No Hands Required: The Next Evolution of Mobile Computing

Redefining how work gets done.

By Brian Mchale on January 9, 2013

Imagine that you’re working on fixing a complex engine. Your task is complicated and you need access to more than reference documents and manuals. You need to speak with an offsite expert who can guide you in real time through the right steps. How do you proceed?

What you need is a computer with a screen you can see without turning your head. You need a device that allows you to keep your eyes on your work. It would need to provide wireless, hands-free access to data, video and voice.

Motorola Solutions has developed such a device, the mobile HC1 headset computer – a CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honoree. The HC1 is designed for field services and the defense, utilities, telecommunications, construction, aerospace and aviation markets. It can be used for maintenance, repair, operations/overhaul (MRO) and training applications that help to improve inspection time and accuracy, improve efficiency and increase safety.

Through innovative application development collaboration with Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS), the HC1 will help revolutionize the way people interact with computers and intuitively interact with virtually augmented and highly personalized content. For example, with Entervise, IPS's software application that leverages ingredient technology from the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the HC1 enables hands-free access to remote experts, customized content, and dynamic simulation and training applications using its virtual 15-inch display combined with natural language processing and advanced acoustics. Enabling real-time connectivity to the cloud, networks, smartphones, and on-board sensor and camera interfaces, the HC1 with Entervise makes augmented reality practical for mobile workers across field service industries.

Using the HC1, a telephone lineman can access a repair manual while working high up a telephone pole, a field technician can pan, zoom and scroll through specifications and diagrams, and an engineer can connect with a remote expert using Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. More robust data and detailed content can be accessed, helping increase productivity and efficiency.

The Verizon 4G LTE network provides the fast, reliable connectivity that gives users the information they need, including on-demand streaming video, remote conferencing and much more.

Stop by the Verizon booth (LVCC, South Hall, #31400) at 2013 CES to see live demos of Motorola Solutions’ HC1 and IPS’ Entervise software application using Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Check out more from Verizon at CES.