Motorola Goes Hands Free
Most of the mobile industry has been following the trend to make their digital components smaller, lighter and more versatile. Smart phones and tablets dominate the scene, offering web services, text messaging, e-book display, photography and video on a very compact screen. If you can’t slide it into a handbag, it’s too big.
Motorola has taken computerized devices into another directs. Their gadgets, designed primarily for large companies and industries, is wearable, leaving the user hands free. Among their wearable products include voice direction applications and voice communications, ruggedly designed to withstand dust, freezing temperatures and water. The head set allows communications with employees working in extreme conditions, such as walk-in freezers, warehouses and loading docks. Other wearable instruments include scanners and imaging devices that perform on both 1D and 2D bar codes with omnidirectional scanning, eliminating the need to align the bar code and scanner.
Now, the company has taken wearable computers a step further, with a headset that looks ominously like the first step in Borg implants. The 800X600 display is small enough that it looks like a small camera in its placement setting near the face, but to the user, the display looks like a thirteen-inch screen. Dual bi-directional noise canceling microphones and a loudspeaker sits near the ear for communications.
The Headset Computer HC1 has advanced speech recognition and natural language software that supports six languages for responsive application command and control. It is so sensitive, it will respond to a simple turn of the head as well as voice command. The dual core runs on Windows CE 6.O Professional, WIFI b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and USB. They’ve jumped the gun on Google Glass, which does not intend to debut its first wearable computer until at least next year.