PARC has announced the launch of the IPS Entervise solution for the Motorola (News - Alert) Solutions HC1 headset computer.
The HC1 Headset Computer is a rugged Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled device, controlled with voice and gestures and mounted on a user’s head. According to Motorola, the HC1 has advanced speech recognition and natural language software that supports six languages for responsive application command and control.
A voice-driven, hands-free remote field service solution, Entervise is fully integrated with Motorola’s HC1 headset computer. Company officials said it brings to professional markets revolutionary capabilities from augmented reality technologies.
To field technicians, Entervise provides a completely hands-free, voice-driven mobile computing environment. Thanks to this, technicians can keep both hands on task when performing important procedures.
The Entervise Web client enables a remote expert to see into the technician’s field of view through the HC1’s integrated camera, and provide voice and chalk-talk overlays into the scene of the field technician, assisting with a procedure or task.
Moreover, the Entervise mobile client running on the Motorola HC1 headset allows developers to create customizable menus specific to their own business processes, making them available for use by field technicians. In addition to real-time remote expert access, the field technician can also interact hands-free with stored procedures, documents and service applications using voice or gesture command inputs.
Areva, a nuclear power plant management services firm, and Matrix Controls, an engineering and systems development company that services the food processing and textile industries, are said to be the initial users of Entervise.
Entervise will benefit not only field technicians, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and combat medics, but also law enforcement officers, firefighters and other field personnel, according to company officials.
Stephen Hoover, CEO at PARC, said this project is “incredibly” exciting as the company brings technologies from augmented reality – previously the stuff of science fiction – to commercial enterprises to solve real business problems and to help keep people safer and healthier.
“In IPS and Motorola Solutions, we found the perfect partners to work with who share similar ideas on how to turn great ideas into great products,” he said, adding that Entervise represents an ‘invention with impact,’ and “we believe this product will change the way people work, both now and into the future.”
Earlier in September, PARC was chosen as a member of a team led by the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University by DARPA, to help lay the groundwork for the second phase of Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits (iFAB) program, to shorten the time it takes to design and manufacture complex military ground vehicles.
Edited by Braden Becker