WSJ Covers the Hardhat 2.0 / by TI

"After developing initial applications for markets such as media and consumer products, Daqri found sales shifting in the past couple of years to industrial customers, says Brian Mullins, the company’s founder and CEO.

A key goal is to give workers visual instructions or cues to carry out tasks and alert them to hazards, Mullins says. One example might be a valve in a production plant that has reverse threading; augmented-reality could show workers a simulated arrow indicating which direction they should turn a handle.

The helmet’s form factor offers a more convenient hands-free experience than the smartphones and tablets most commonly used for such applications, Mullins notes. Adding cameras to gather information about what workers do can be equally valuable, particularly in gathering data from various kinds of meters or documenting operations to make sure they’ve been carried out properly."