A room bustling with mechanical activity isn’t the kind of place you want to thumb through a bulky paper manual, and hanging on to a smartphone or tablet wouldn’t be a huge improvement. That’s why a company called Daqri is building the world’s first augmented reality hard hat.
It’s like Google Glass for the boiler room, oil rig, or high steel. Like Glass, the helmet is powered by Android. It’s also packed with sensors and cameras; there are four positioned around its perimeter to provide 360-degree vision. The helmet itself is just taking things in and spitting images out. Daqri’s custom software is what’s responsible for the AR magic.