Augmented reality, drones - and daughters

At Microsec we’re developing proof of concept applications for the Vuzix M100 smart glasses – mainly in the hands-free warehouse picking and hygiene/traceability fields, but also with several concepts in the pipeline for augmented reality.

As I get older, I have to accept that my children will out-do me when it comes to discovering new and interesting ideas. So, it should not have been a surprise to be sent a link that did just that by my daughter Jess – studying Engineering Design at Bristol University (and specialising in Aeronautical Engineering).

The link was to a BBC News Technology story, showing how EasyJet trialled the use of drones – carrying sophisticated imaging technology – to survey aircraft for damage. The interesting part of the video for me was that Epson Moviero BT-200 glasses allowed the pilot or engineer to view the aircraft with augmented reality, highlighting damaged areas and repairs, in communication with a remote engineering team.

I’ve been impressed by the M100 – with its ability to run applications completely stand-alone or paired to an Android phone. The BT-200 is a different beast – with a transparent display and a remotely wired control unit.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches – I just now have to get my hands on a BT-200 to see what it can really do, and decide for myself!

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