RealWear launches thermal camera module for assisted reality headset

RealWear launches thermal camera module for assisted reality headset


Voice-recognition capability gives frontline workers real-time data to do their jobs safely and productively

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Assisted reality wearable solution provider RealWear has launched a voice-controlled thermal camera module for its Navigator 500 headset. The capability will help frontline workers to do their jobs safely and productively. 

The module – which was created it collaboration with Teledyne FLIR – enables users to capture a high-resolution visible-spectrum image or a variety of thermal and colour modes to quickly identify temperature anomalies in mission-critical industrial equipment like pumps, pipes, wiring and motors.  

“The compelling option to add thermal image capture without occupying your hands in hazardous environments gives frontline professionals more real-time information to do their jobs safely and productively,” said Rama Oruganti, chief product officer at RealWear. “By combining Teledyne FLIR’s thermal expertise with RealWear’s best-in-class voice-driven wearables, we’re creating a digital tool with extended capabilities for the modern frontline worker.” 

Imagery captured by the headset is viewable in real time and will soon be sharable via Microsoft Teams and other collaboration platforms. Key use cases include electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections where a hands-free device improves flexibility, safety and efficiency. 

“As an extended reality wearable evangelist for Honda, the idea of leveraging the modular design of RealWear Navigator 500 is a no-brainer,” said Greg Cooper, manufacturing innovation engineer at American Honda Motor Company. “A fully hands-free thermal camera will give our technicians another superpower to get the job done fast.”

The thermal camera module is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship in January 2023.

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