The Daqri Smart Helmet Wants to Put Augmented Reality to Work / by TI

Augmented reality is coming. Whether it's a dedicated screen strapped to your face or a just a pair of glasses, computer-enhanced vision will have a place in our tech future. But exactly what package it will arrive in is up for grabs.

Where Google Glass and VR companies aim for wide consumer applications, the Los Angeles-based startup Daqri has a specific demographic in mind—blue-collar workers. The Daqri Smart Helmet wants to help make the lives of onsite engineers, construction workers, and technicians easier with an Android-powered hard hat, complete with an array of sensors. "What the Daqri Smart Helmet allows the worker to do is take work instructions and augment data or information right on top of the actual work environment," says president Andy Lowery in a video showing off the device. This idea joins other ambitious projects, like the Skully Motorcycle Helmet, to bring a heads-up display to more niche customers.