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RealWear Smart Glasses

The ultimate smart glasses for use in industrial environments

In 2017, RealWear (originally an American company) launched the RealWear HMT-1. These Remote Collaboration Smart Glasses proved to be a direct hit with companies operating in industrial environments. Where comparable glasses such as the Microsoft Hololens 2, Vuzix M400 and Google Glass 2 are rather delicate devices, the RealWear HMT-1 is made for the heavier work. For example, the frame of the RealWear HMT-1 has been specially developed to survive a fall from two meters without any problems. In this blog we will go deeper into the specifications of the RealWear HMT-1 and look at the already newly released RealWear Navigator 500. And we answer the question: "What do you use the RealWear HMT-1 or RealWear Navigator 500 for?".

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RealWear HMT-1: Specifications

The RealWear HMT-1 is characterized by its robustness. But in addition, the Smart Glasses also simply have very good specifications when it comes to camera quality, for example. The RealWear HMT-1 features a built-in 16 megapixel camera for taking photos. This makes it an excellent choice when the glasses are used for (detailed) viewing from a distance.

  • Video: 1080p, 30fps
  • Photo: 16 MP
  • Field of view: 20 degrees
  • Screen type: LCD
  • Resolution: 854 x 480 pixels

Industrial Certifications

The RealWear HMT-1 is one of the most robust smart glasses available today. The glasses are specifically made for use in industrial environments. For example, the glasses (or their frame) have been tested for falling from different heights and can fall from a height of 2 meters without any problems. In addition, the glasses can withstand strong water jets and exposure to heavy dust clouds (IP66 rating).

Wearing the RealWear HMT-1 is very comfortable. In particular, with the RealWear workband (a fabric/elastic band around the head), it is almost not noticeable that you are wearing smart glasses. The glasses also stay firmly on the head, so that images can be filmed and/or displayed without too much movement.

  • IP class: IP66
  • Water resistant: Yes
  • Dustproof: Yes
  • Drop height (tested): 2 meters
  • Weight: 380 grams

What is the RealWear HMT-1 used for?

The RealWear HMT-1 comes into its own in a (heavy) industrial working environment where a professional has to watch from a distance. Think, for example, of a welder who has to do a very specialized job where someone else has to watch from a distance. The RealWear HMT-1 can be placed on the welder's head without any problems or irritations (it does not affect the work), someone else can watch in detail with the help of the high-quality camera and give tips and the product manager does not have to worry that the equipment will break during use.

RealWear HMT-1

RealWear Navigator 500: Specifications

On December 8, 2021, RealWear announced its latest model of industrial Smart Glasses: the RealWear Navigator 500. These glasses are the successor of the previously released RealWear HMT-1. The biggest differences in these two glasses is the fact that the RealWear Navigator has a 48MP camera (vs. 16 MP from the HMT-1) and 64GB Memory (vs 32GGB of the HMT-1). In addition, some adjustments have been made in terms of processor and weight.

  • Screen type: LCD
  • Resolution: 854 x 480 pixels
  • Field of view: 20 degrees
  • Camera: 48 MP, 1080p and 60fps video (RealWear HMT-1: 16 MP, 1080p and 30fps video)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 662 (RealWear HMT-1: Snapdragon 626)
  • Memory: 64GB, 4GB RAM (RealWear HMT-1: 32GB, 3GB RAM)
  • Weight: 272 grams (RealWear HMT-1: 380 grams)
  • Battery life: Up to 8 hours (RealWear HMT-1: 5 to 6 hours)

The RealWear Navigator 500 thus has an upgraded processor (Snapdragon 662), more Memory (64GB) and a better camera (48 MP). With excellent speech recognition and noise-canceling microphones, the RealWear Navigator 500 is an impressive Smart Glasses for the (light industrial) workplace. In addition, the RealWear Navigator 500 has a better battery life, which means that it can be used for up to 8 hours.

RealWear Navigator 500

RealWear HMT-1 vs. RealWear Navigator 500: Which is Better?

The RealWear HMT-1 still has better certifications when it comes to working in a (heavy) industrial environment. The RealWear HMT-1 is completely drop, dust, and waterproof. It is better to use the RealWear Navigator when it comes to a less intensive environment, such as working in a warehouse or in logistics and in applications where filming in high image resolution is important.

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Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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