Shell Incorporates Wearable Computers

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 03:04 PM gHale

Shell selected RealWear’s hands-free head-mounted RealWear HMT-1Z1 platform to support in the digital transformation of its operations.

The devices are being deployed through Honeywell in 12 countries including U.S., China, Russia, India, Germany and Austria and 24 operational sites.

“A new era of computing has arrived,” said Michael Kaldenbach, Shell’s Digital Realities lead. “Just as laptops and mobile phones are standard for desk workers, voice command and augmented reality for wearable computers will become commonplace for field staff in our industry, driving safety and productivity.”

RealWear HMT-1Z1 is an intrinsically safe voice-controlled device with a micro-display that shows an image to a user as if they were viewing a seven-inch screen. The head-mounted computer permits field workers in highly restricted ATEX Zone 1 C1/D1 zones to use a wearable device where potentially explosive gases are present, helping to reduce health and safety work hazards.

Shell is currently using the HMT-1Z1 for remote assistance. For instance, if equipment needs maintenance, a worker can get real-time assistance via a video call, allowing an expert to essentially see through the eyes of the onsite worker and offer over-the-shoulder assistance. In one example, an expert uses Augmented Reality to remotely “draw” on the worker’s screen which is visualized on the head mounted screen.

Shell has already field tested and deployed 40 RealWear HMT-1Z1’s in multiple countries and under different conditions and is now looking to roll out the devices further.



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