Smart Helmet—it’s a hard hat on steroids.
The helmet is equipped with an array of cameras that provides 360-degree vision through its glass visor, even in low light. The helmet’s “visual-inertial navigation” enables the wearer to map the work environment and share the data wirelessly with other helmet wearers on the job site. The Smart Helmet’s “Intellitrack” system is capable of object recognition and tracking.
Los Angeles-based manufacturer Daqri started shipping Smart Helmets (retail price: $1,500) in October. The company is targeting the industrial sector, but President Andy Lowery says that the augmented reality helmet could work in commercial construction for training purposes and job site communication.
“Work instructions could be overlaid on top of building materials, decreasing human error, reducing training time, and accelerating building projects,” says Lowery. The hard hat could also be used to uncover electrical hot spots before they cause trouble.