Brother enters wearables market with head-mounted display
Like other printer companies, Brother has been quietly diversifying its product portfolio and expertise into the related areas of collaboration and communication. It has been selling a web conferencing solution, Omnijoin, for a number of year (it is now on Version 7), and is now entering the wearables market with the launch of the AiRScouter head-mounted display.
Although there is no technological link with printers, conceptually AiRScouter is not a million miles away from Brother’s established area of expertise, as, like its printers, the new product is all about displaying and sharing of information in a way that helps people carry out tasks quickly and efficiently.
The AiRScouter WD-200B head-mounted display does this by showing information within the user’s peripheral field of vision,so that they can view documents, manuals, training guides, CAD models and real-time feeds from everything from drone cameras to webconferencing systems while keeping eyes and hands free.
AiRScouter is particularly suitable for applications in skills training, remote assistance, manufacturing and maintenance, as it delivers information to users without obstructing their vision.
With the addition of an optional detachable USB camera, users can share what they are seeing with remote supervisors, trainers and colleagues, enhancing the latter’s ability to deliver clear and precise instructions.
The head-mounted display is plug and play, with no need for additional software. It streams content from any visual device with an HDMI output, including TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones; has a wide-screen viewing resolution of 1280×720; and adjustable focus (from 5cm to 30cm).
A flexi-arm and headband enable users to adjust the display position to suit different tasks. The AiRScouter WD-200B can be worn with glasses and helmets.